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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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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.

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.

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

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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