Later...When the TV Turns to Static Review

artist: Glasvegas date: 09/05/2013 category: compact discs
Glasvegas: Later...When the TV Turns to Static
Released: Sep 2, 2013
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: BMG
Number Of Tracks: 10
"Later...When the TV Turns to Static" has Glasvegas delivering an impressive collection of indie rock anthems which rival some of the band's best work to date.
 Sound: 7
 Lyrics: 7
 Overall Impression: 7
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Later...When the TV Turns to Static Reviewed by: UG Team, on september 05, 2013
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Sound: Glasvegas are determined to make an impact with their third studio album, "Later...When the TV Turns to Static." This Scottish indie rock group was first formed back in 2003, however it wasn't until the release of their platinum selling self-titled debut album in 2008 that the band would begin to see success. Their debut spawned a number of hit singles, including "Go Square Go!" and "Daddy's Gone," which received the strongest positive critical and fan reaction in the United States and UK. Their debut album was eventually even nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Following this overwhelming wave of attention and newfound stardom, Glasvegas soon felt pressured to follow it up less than three months later with a Christmas EP, titled "A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like a Kiss)." 2011 marked the release of the band's follow-up studio album, "Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\," which debuted high on the Sweden and UK charts yet was met with polarized critical opinions. With their second studio album, Glasvegas adopted a "go big or stay home" attitude, by boldly moving forward from the style first showcased on their debut. The band managed to successfully pull off this commonly difficult transition, however some listeners were not comfortable with such a dramatic change and following declining sales figures the band parted ways with Columbia Records. With their hopes unextinguished, Glasvegas are doing everything within their power to come back from this set back stronger than ever. The band signed a new major record deal with BMG, and have since finished and released their third studio album which shows the rock group living up to their true potential and delivering a powerful collection of new compositions. "Later...When the TV Turns to Static" is a proper return-to-form for Glasvegas, which is comprised of ten standout tracks bursting with creativity and top notch musical execution. In another apparent attempt to come back on top, the music video for the album's second single "If" features a classic introduction from none other than William Shatner, which takes inspiration from Glasvegas' live peformance on "The Late Show with Craig Ferguson" several years prior. The track boasts some standout complimentary guitar work and a passionate vocal performance from frontman James Allan. Another noteworthy song off of the new album is "I'd Rather Be Dead (Than Live with You)," an up tempo piano-driven ballad. // 7

Lyrics: Lead vocalist James Allan gives a standout performance throughout the entire new studio album. His passionate lyrical execution is one of the main driving factors which keeps the listener fully engaged, and that when backed by some top notch guitar playing and percussion work allows this collection of songs to stand well above Glasvegas' previous studio outing. // 7

Overall Impression: From start to finish, "Later...When the TV Turns to Static" has Glasvegas delivering an impressive collection of indie rock anthems which rival some of the band's best work to date. Any established fan of Glasvegas' earlier studio albums should have no difficulty enjoying this release, as well as any follower of the rock music genre.

// 7

- Lou Vickers (c) 2013

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