12 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following an opener that’s more U2 than Jesus and Mary Chain, the second track, “You,” makes a hairpin U-turn back to the wall of sound that marked the band’s acclaimed debut. Thhis time around, there’s a subdued production and restraint in the performance; the band’s prior flirtation with ‘60s girl-group cool has evaporated here. Instead, Euphoric ///Heartbreak\\\ abounds with anthemic pop trimmed with an impassioned emotional urgency, punctuated by singer James Allan’s skyward croons and a newfound attraction to ‘80s new romanticism. “Shine Like Stars” brims over with all kinds of love for Boy, October, and War. The sparkling synthesizers of “Whatever Hurts You Through the Night” dare to recall a-ha’s “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” before the dramatic “Euphoria Take My Hand” rubs Allan’s vulnerability against the grain of the song’s confident bombast. Diametric antithesis plays another role in “Lost Sometimes,” where lyrics of harrowing heartbreak ride over achingly romantic melodies. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following an opener that’s more U2 than Jesus and Mary Chain, the second track, “You,” makes a hairpin U-turn back to the wall of sound that marked the band’s acclaimed debut. Thhis time around, there’s a subdued production and restraint in the performance; the band’s prior flirtation with ‘60s girl-group cool has evaporated here. Instead, Euphoric ///Heartbreak\\\ abounds with anthemic pop trimmed with an impassioned emotional urgency, punctuated by singer James Allan’s skyward croons and a newfound attraction to ‘80s new romanticism. “Shine Like Stars” brims over with all kinds of love for Boy, October, and War. The sparkling synthesizers of “Whatever Hurts You Through the Night” dare to recall a-ha’s “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” before the dramatic “Euphoria Take My Hand” rubs Allan’s vulnerability against the grain of the song’s confident bombast. Diametric antithesis plays another role in “Lost Sometimes,” where lyrics of harrowing heartbreak ride over achingly romantic melodies. 

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

55 Ratings

Best Scottish band out there right now

MacNulty,

I should preface this by pointing out that I love everything this band has done.

That said, this is another fantastic album, but with a flavour that is very distinct from their previous. Every song is still reeking of the same recklessly needful angst that I love so much in their songs, You in particular has breathtaking waves of desperation that cause me to shiver every time I listen to it. The range of emotion that can be expressed by Allan with one simple word is really quite astonishing.

Initially it was only the first few tracks I got into, The World is Yours in particular is easy to love, its paranoid sense of our innate worthlessness in the face of those we love enough to need. Then Shine like Stars comes bursting out to let you soar up again, before a wistful melancholy takes over in Dream Dream Dreaming before they really plumb the depths again with I feel Wrong ( Homosexuality, Pt 2)

Euphoria, Take my Hand thrusts itself passionately into both melancholy and , well, Euphoria. Lot's Sometimes has a staggeringly demanding apex after picking through a slow route up the mountain.For me, this album is about the duality of the Scottish working class, the incessant highs and lows that come from trying to make sense of ourselves and the world around us.

It's bi-polar brilliance in a cd and I can't get enough of it because no one else out there is singing about this stuff or investing this much of themselves into the work. The songs are invasive and personal, they get under the skin and sweep you away in their strange tides.

Oh and if you get the chance, see them live, they sound even better in person, there's no dodgy technological trickery producing the strength of their sound

In Love

Emmatax,

A few years ago, this band's single "Geraldine" was free on itunes. Since I tend to get all the free songs that sound even remotely good, I bought it without thinking twice. It instantly became my favorite and most played song. Although I listened to it endlessly, it didn't occur to me until recently that this seemingly obscure scottish band would have more than just one single released. So I bought their self-titled album. Best decision of my life.

Each song is unique and carries its own message, yet somehow all manages to fit together perfectly. I wasn't sure how a second album could possibly top it.

But I was wrong. The members of Glasvegas managed yet again to astound me with their simple yet meaningul lyrics and brilliant melodies. I would be lost without their angst-filled songs and heavily-accented voices crooning me to sleep every night. I'm glad to have found this amazing band before all of America, because it's bound to happen eventually.

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

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