Under Review: Glasvegas – EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\

Intentionally or not, Glasvegas have managed to construct their own impenetrable wall of motivation. The massive amounts of criticisms that have been lobbed at the band have been for things that the Glaswegian group has done very much on purpose. Call their music overly bloated or bombastic and you’re likely to be met with a shrug, as if to say, “That’s what we were going for in the first place.” What Glasvegas can rightfully be faulted for is taking an agonizingly long time to follow up their self-titled debut. I can imagine that much of the anticipation was less to hear the music than to see if the members of this onetime buzz band had it in them to establish a career. With a title that reads like an inebriated stroll across a computer keyboard, EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\ shows the next step of Glasvegas: bigger, louder and more a target than ever before. Rather than revisit and emphasize occasionally catchy moments of their debut, Glasvegas churn out a new set of largely forgettable anthems for an inattentive audience.

It’s hard to think that Glasvegas aren’t spending a good portion of EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\ trying to convince the listener that this is an album worth paying attention to. Opening (and closing) with sluggish spoken word pieces, the band aims for dramatic but comes across as pretentious. The two most melodic songs, “The World Is Yours” and “Euphoria, Take My Hand,” were released as singles, making their appearances alongside droning dirges like “I Feel Wrong” and “Whatever Hurts You Through The Night” refreshing but hardly surprising. The content of the songs runs the gamut from bland to generic, and James Allan wrings every drop of pathos from these meager sources. The songs aren’t as long as some of Glasvegas’, but they feel like they drag on and on. Glasvegas are the kind of band you’ll either love immediately or not at all. The British press might eat up everything they lay down, but Glasvegas have been stringing us along, only leaving us to wonder if we could ever get the past three years back.

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~ by E. on April 29, 2011.

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