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Album Review

Though originally named "Hollywood," the music of Irish classic rock four-piece Glyder evokes the British heavy metal explosion of the 1970s and, more specifically, the distinctive twin-guitar groove rock of fellow countrymen Thin Lizzy. Lizzy's influence pervades the group's second full-length, Playground for Life, at almost every level. Frizzy-haired frontman Tony Cullen doubles as the group's bassist, while the folky, percussive riffing of Bat Kinane and Pete Fisher taps into the Celtic mysticism so effortlessly evoked on Phil Lynott's battle opus "Emerald." Opener "Gamblers Blues" teases the listener with wiry blues licks before launching into a majestic, three-pronged guitar riff replete with glam rock chord stabs and Lynott-esque vagabond imagery. However, it would be unfair to characterize Glyder as mere Lizzy offshoots. The band's sound is an impeccably schooled mixture of early heavy metal and psychedelic hard rock, a formula best represented in epic closer "The Merrygoround," which contains flourishes of Pink Floyd circa Wish You Were Here. Playground for Life sounds great from start to finish, but the songs are not so consistent. While there are a few notable standouts (particularly the title track), the lack of stylistic variation demands a little extra in the songwriting department to sufficiently differentiate the music and, unfortunately, much of Playground for Life lacks this magic ingredient.

Customer Reviews

Playground for Life

Second taste of Music from a band from Ireland. First album with strong cut PUP helped get them started. Along with The Answer and Roadstar, three of UK's newest addition to New Rock, all Three Praised of there musical talents from "Classic Rock Magazine" the best MAG. out there. Rating it low on the outset after just bit listening to the new tracks. A good and up and coming band. Well wort the time to listen too. Rock On...From Bobzilla (Orange County, CA)

Playground for Life, Glyder
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Dec 01, 2007

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