12 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you dig how The Raveonettes blend various veins of 1950s malt shop oldies with mid 1980s Jesus And Mary Chain inspired shoegazing, you're going to fall hard for Glasvegas — especially upon hearing the fuzzed out, Ronettes inspired "Daddy's Gone". Before the Glasgow, Scotland quartet released their self-titled debut, the band had already garnered many a justified comparison to the Mary Chain (they even have a standing drummer). But Glasvegas bring much more to the table than other Mary Chain disciples like B.R.M.C. or Urusei Yatsura, a now defunct noise rock band that also hailed from Glasgow and worshiped at the alter of the brothers Reid. "Geraldine" pulses with a confident swagger and soaring vocals not heard since the first three U2 albums, and the guitars on "Go Square Go" recall Kevin Shields' at times. But unlike their influences, Glasvegas' singer James Allan makes no attempt to hide his thick brogue accent, especially on "Flowers And Football Tops", a song that sounds like it could have been released by Alan McGee's Creation Records in the early 1990s.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

If you dig how The Raveonettes blend various veins of 1950s malt shop oldies with mid 1980s Jesus And Mary Chain inspired shoegazing, you're going to fall hard for Glasvegas — especially upon hearing the fuzzed out, Ronettes inspired "Daddy's Gone". Before the Glasgow, Scotland quartet released their self-titled debut, the band had already garnered many a justified comparison to the Mary Chain (they even have a standing drummer). But Glasvegas bring much more to the table than other Mary Chain disciples like B.R.M.C. or Urusei Yatsura, a now defunct noise rock band that also hailed from Glasgow and worshiped at the alter of the brothers Reid. "Geraldine" pulses with a confident swagger and soaring vocals not heard since the first three U2 albums, and the guitars on "Go Square Go" recall Kevin Shields' at times. But unlike their influences, Glasvegas' singer James Allan makes no attempt to hide his thick brogue accent, especially on "Flowers And Football Tops", a song that sounds like it could have been released by Alan McGee's Creation Records in the early 1990s.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
268 Ratings
268 Ratings
hundredreasons1 ,

Album is finaly here!!!!

Glasvegas album is finaly here!.listen to this album and the lyrics,its outstanding.ignore the hype and the other reviews.listen to glasvegas for what they are.makes me proud to be scottish.

TheFitcher ,

Well, if NME back everything they were bound to get it right sometime...

And frankly, this is the time. Like other reviewers have said, ignore the hype, of which I wasn't aware there was any. Just caught them live on a 4Music show and hoped they had something out, and they do, and it's brilliant. Indie rock usually bores me to death, but this is in turns lively and emotive, without ever losing the most important thing, melody. Make no mistake, this is melodic, glorious rock that often comes with a poignant message. The lyrics are superb, not something you usually expect from an upstart band like this, and they compliment the tunes perfectly. The vocals are also refreshing, being as they are in a broad Scottish accent, which adds a unique feel to the songs. Basically, if you're a fan of good music, then buy this. I usually hate hype, but like I said in the title, NME didn't really back them, they just back everything. On this occassion, the boys are deserving of all the praise they can get.

duncmck7 ,

It's the quality of this album that makes me cry...

Now and again an album is released which makes your soul ache because of the sheer power and beauty. Glasvegas' debut fits snugly into that bracket. This is an anthemic, awe-inspiring album, which not only makes you proud that it eminated from the land of your birth, but displays the magic of new music to people the world over. Whilst Daddy's Gone, Geraldine and It's My Own Cheating Heart that Makes Me Cry are the obvious stand-out tracks its the ebb and flow of this album which seperates it from the "another promising debut," fold. Beautiful, heart suffocating lyrics which leave you questioning why do we do these things to ourselves. Whilst Stabbed has been criticised in some quarters for lacking the potency to stand up as an album track its importance in Scotland at this time cannot be underestimated. If a young band can connect with the disaffected and persuade just one young person not to carry a blade then it has to be applauded. Genuis....If you only buy one album this year make it this one...x

About Glasvegas

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, indie rock quartet Glasvegas comprise cousins James Allan (singer and principal songwriter) and Rab Allan (guitar), bassist Paul Donoghue, and drummer Jonna Löfgren. Although they deftly fused a love of doo wop and classic, Spector-produced pop with a nod to some of the more intense and inventive guitar acts of the '80s, perhaps the band's defining attribute was in James Allan's earnest lyricism. Former Creation boss Alan McGee and ex-Libertines guitarist Carl Barât were so struck by a 2006 hometown performance by the band that each went on to ensure that more people witnessed their powerful live sets. Their third single, "Daddy's Gone," was ranked as the second best track of 2007 by NME and even led to the band striking up a friendship with Lisa Marie Presley after the song came to her attention. Next, their platinum-selling debut album, Glasvegas, received widespread praise following its release on Columbia in September 2008, and went on to be nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2009. Less than three months after the release of their debut, the Transylvania-recorded, Christmas-themed EP A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like a Kiss) was issued, bringing further acclaim.

The band's sophomore full-length, Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\, was written, demoed, and tracked at a beach house in Santa Monica, California during 2010 before undergoing final production under the direction of Flood in London. Before any recording had taken place, it was announced that original drummer Caroline McKay had left the band. Her replacement, Swedish music student Jonna Löfgren, joined Glasvegas after sessions for the album had been completed. On its release in April 2011, Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\ reached the Top Ten of the U.K. album chart and also hit the number one spot in Sweden. To promote the album, the band embarked on a second world tour, which incorporated their biggest European headline gigs to date as well as successful trips to both Australia and Japan. Then, in late 2013, Glasvegas returned with a self-produced third studio album, Later...When the TV Turns to Static, released through BMG. The next couple of years brought further live dates throughout Europe and North America, and Later... also enjoyed a summer 2014 release in Central and South America. To assist with promotion of the album in these territories, the Secret Truth EP was issued, before Allan relocated to Stockholm to work on new material. ~ Katherine Fulton & James Wilkinson

ORIGIN
Glasgow, Scotland
FORMED
2003

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