Album: Glasvegas, Euphoric Heartbreak (Columbia)
Friday 01 April 2011
Conceived and written during a sabbatical in a LA beachside house, Euphoric Heartbreak offers a loose song-cycle themed around desire and disgust, regret and emotional rebirth.
It's also Glasvegas's attempt to utilise the musical lessons learned while supporting the likes of U2, a deliberate move towards a more arena-filling sound, aided by producer Flood. There's a vaunting, ambitious feel about tracks like "The World Is Yours" and "Shine Like Stars", which recall Springsteen and the Bunnymen respectively, but there's something about the combination of their shoegazey, distorted drones and James Allan's cracked, sulky Scots brogue that leaves these tales of emotional turmoil oddly ineffectual: even at its most fancifully Spectorian, it sounds strangely insubstantial. And as with bad acting, it's not persuasive enough to make one care.
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