Monday, January 5, 2009

Album Review: Glasvegas

f/k Rating- 3.7

This album was released in September last year in Europe, but is being released in the U.S. tomorrow, so I figured I should still throw a short little review up. Glasvegas is from Sweden, and this is their debut. That's about all you need to know.

The first thing you need to do when listening to these guys is to try and ignore lead singer James Allan's rather annoying voice. Approaching whining at times, his voice has no real soul behind it, and contains that "Hey, listen to our music 'cause I have that cool Swedish accent thing goin' on" deal. No thanks, I'll pass guys.

At times, they do create some decent Coldplay-sounding melodies (which I'm going to try and sell as a good thing), but nothing is really exciting or fresh. "Geraldine" is probably the best song on this skid mark of music's underpants, which contains some good lyrics and an alright melody, but really could have been played by any other band that sounds like them. If that's the high, I guess the low would probably be "Go Square Go." Containing two minutes of real lyrics, the rest of the song is filled with "Here we, here we, here we fuckin' go" being sung while the band does their best "sweeping high pitch guitar" attempt. I'm surprised to see the praise that some people are giving this album (NME said it was the third best album of '08) because Glasvegas doesn't sound unique in any of their songs, and don't even make an attempt at doing so. An absolutely average debut, it seems to me like Glasvegas will just fade into oblivion in the future.

Glasvegas- Geraldine (This file has been taken down after receiving an email asking me to do so. This post had been up for less than 24 hours, and the file was instantly removed from my box account. Wow, Glasvegas. Not cool. And for that, you get minus 1 point)

Chandler's Rating- 4.7 - 1 = 3.7


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