Glasvegas Review

artist: Glasvegas date: 11/11/2008 category: compact discs
Glasvegas: Glasvegas
Released: Sep 8, 2008
Genre: Alternative rock
Label: Columbia
Number Of Tracks: 10
It is estimated the album sold over 100,000 copies in the first 3 days of its release.
 Sound: 8.5
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8
Glasvegas Reviewed by: Noisette, on september 17, 2008
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Sound: 'Glasvegas' is the eponymous debut album from Glasweigan doom-rockers Glasvegas. Glasvegas have recieved a lot of praise and hype from the media in recent times and this stunning album shows that the hype is more than deserved. Singer James Allan's mournful vocals provide a haunting yet beautiful rendition of hard times in Glasgow. Combined with editors-esque wailing guitars and stomping drums, the textures in the songs create a wall of sound which is truly magnificent. The songs do have a certain haunting effect about them, with Allan's echoing vocals serenading you with many diverse tales, such as the tale of a local woman named Geraldine who gave up her job as a social worker to sell merchandise at Glasvegas gigs. This also goes to show the level of support that this band has from their truly amazing fans. Having seen Glasvegas at Glastonbury this year and heard the tent being filled completely with their ever loyal fans chanting back the words at the band was a truly awe-inspiring moment. // 8

Lyrics: Another brilliant song from the album is 'Daddy's Gone', which James Allan wrote prior to recording another of the band's singles, 'Go Square Go! '. The song recieved praise from all angles, and this is the song which has really helped Glasvegas break through into the public eye. In 2007 Dirty Pretty Things guitarist and frontman Carl Barat described the song as "the best song of this year so far". // 8

Overall Impression: But however much I would love to give this album a 10/10 review and leave it at that, I do have a few reservations. First of all is that however hard I try, to me most of the songs on this album sound virtually the same. This isn't necessarily a disastrous thing, as the formula for these songs is perfect, but I would've liked to have seen a more varied selection of songs from them. With Allan as their creative force it surely cannot be hard to have a different riff in each song compared to virtually the same one throughout the whole album? It would be nasty to leave the review on a sour note however, so I will say that it is undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year and that you should definately buy, steal or borrow this album. // 8

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overall: 9
Glasvegas Reviewed by: unregistered, on november 11, 2008
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Glasvegas brings a classic doo-wop style of playing to their music, as well as heavy punching guitar sounds and marching drum beats. This blends together very well to create something completely unique, and compliments the very strong scottish accent of the vocals. Described as one of the years greatest triumphs this debut, and it's powerful sound, makes it clear to see why. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics are very socially conscious, and reflect modern life in a way that hasn't been done this successfully since The Clash or The Specials. Though the energy and the sound of Glasvegas is the most impressive features of this album songs like "Flowers and Football Tops" and "Daddy's Gone" do show the skill that James Allan (lyricist and vocalist)has for words, comparisions with Joe Strummer come to mind... // 8

Overall Impression: Despite comparisons with other bands, Glasvegas does remain unique and there sound is like nothing else you'll ever here. don't let the strong accent throw you off, after a couple of listens you will learn to love it, and would find the songs empty without it. The bands singles "Geraldine" and "Daddy's Gone" are both very impressive, as well as addictively catchy, but all songs on this debut are worthy of many listens as they are all perfect in there own imperfect ways... P.S. If it were stolen I would definately buy it again! // 10

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