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Glasvegas

Glasvegas

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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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Why is this not on the front page of iTunes?

This album was # 2 in the UK, beaten only to the number 1 spot by Metallica. Heavy metal it's not. Brilliant it is. Sweeping emotional tunes, a great lead voice and a thoroughly modern take on Spector's wall of sound. I swear, if your heart doesn't explode then you don't have a heart. Geraldine is the best single of 2008 so far, and this album is right up there too.

Fantastic

This is the only band in recent memory that I can honestly say does not completely sound like anyone else. Also, James Allan is the only songwriter of the last two decades that has been able to write songs about absent fathers, imprisoned teens, social workers, dead sons, getting stabbed, being a cheater, and being raised to fight in a tough environment and still sound completely sincere. Never once does this record get sappy or contrived. That is a true accomplishment.

Heartstopingly Brilliant

This is one of the best albums to come out in the last 10 years. Period.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, indie rock quartet Glasvegas comprises 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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