Album Review: Glasvegas

Glasvegas self-titled full length release hits stores today.

Glasvegas self-titled full length release hits stores today.

With an unmistakable 50’s and 60’s pop sound, Glasvegas’s first full length release hits stores today.  The album, released by Columbia Records, combines lots of familar feeling songs for a poppy, anthem rock sound you may feel you already know, which in this case, isn’t a bad thing.  At times while listening to the album you might wonder if the track has even switched, as their larger-than-life sound seems to be a pattern with each track of the album.  I found myself drawn to track one, “Flowers and Football Tops” and track seven, “Daddy’s Gone”.  The later has a very “Dead Man’s Curve” feel to it and was easily my favorite of all tracks.  The haunting ballad “Ice Cream Van” has a lot of nice build to it, but fails to pay off at the end.  This album should appeal to a wide demographic.  Fans of everyone from Prince, The Police and Bruce Springsteen as well as fans of 50’s pop and soaring electronica rock anthems should enjoy this offering.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

-Max

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~ by maxaverage on January 6, 2009.

One Response to “Album Review: Glasvegas”

  1. Great Writing! Would you consider doing a review for a New Age Album? Here is some info about it. You can also hear the title track ‘Ascension’ at our myspace http://www.myspace.com/bayareacontemporarymusic

    If you are interested I can email you the tracks.

    Thanks- Have a Great Holiday!

    Monica Willliams
    Phoenix Rising

    ABOUT THIS CD …

    We are living in a time of stress and struggle. There is still hunger, hatred, and sickness in a world that is also filled with such beauty, generosity, and harmony. ASCAP award-winning composer Wendy Loomis and Eastman School of Music alumna Monica Williams decided to create a CD that had the power to help people relax, de-stress, and energize with positive vibrations of gratitude for this life. While Wendy was in the middle of a yoga class, she had a vision of the CD being organized around the 7 chakras. For those of you unfamiliar, the 7 chakras are energy centers that run up the human body from the base of the spine, to the sexual center, the stomach, the heart, the throat, the 3rd eye between the eyebrows, and the crown of the head. Many people have developed systems that associate colors and tones with each chakra. Monica and Wendy decided not to be quite so literal in their interpretation, but rather incorporate the idea of energy rising from our most earthly, primal instincts up toward our higher, nobler, spiritual realm – the eternal quest to ascend toward the Higher Power. And ASCENSION was born.

    7 is a lucky and inspiring number that is threaded through ASCENSION: there are 7 tones in a scale, the compositions are in 7 different key signatures, the music is played on 7 primary instruments, Monica was born in ’77, and this is the 7th CD of Wendy’s music.

    With the exception of ‘Seed’ and ‘Nourishment’ which were improvisations, the themes for this CD were composed by Wendy Loomis. Monica and Wendy arranged the flute and piano sounds in a weave with instruments from around the world played by a group of very talented women: Jennifer Lim on guzheng (China); Debra Podjed on tabla (India) and goat hooves (Bolivia); Jessica Styler on hang drum (Switzerland); Suellen Primost on cello (Italy); Irina Mikhailova on voice (born in Russia); and Karen Segal on guitar (Spain/the Middle East).

    If you are interested please contact me at monicaw14@hotmail.com

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