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Album Review

Eponymously-titled albums that follow a previously released debut (especially once the band signs to a major label) usually seem to indicate that the band is going back to square one, and this self-titled album by the Glands — who hail from the college burg of Athens, GA — does just that, offering up refreshingly enigmatic, artfully arranged and bouncy Confederate pop that blends porch swing guitars, jazzy basslines, and jangling Paisley Underground and Britpop aesthetics. "Work It Out" sounds like a pre–Mersey Beat Britbilly workout that woulda rocked the U.K. back in '62, while "Straight Down" is pretty straight-up indie rock. Vocalist/guitarist Ross Shapiro's endearing but heartbreakingly frail vocals have been compared to Village Green vintage Ray Davies, but fans of Olivia Tremor Control's Bill Doss or the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne may hear a little of them in there too. Doug Stanley's airy keyboard burbles and Craig McQuiston's keening lap steel will appeal to fans of the Elephant 6 collective sound as well.

Customer Reviews

Ditto that...

Incredible sound, incredible album. A friend of mine from Athens introduced me to these guys several years ago and I immediately fell in love with their sound. Definitely indie, but the syrupy vocals and the lead singer's unique and addictive voice make them stand out from the rest of the indie rock crowd. Recommended: Lovetown, Breathe Out, Straight Down, When I Laugh, I Can See My House from Here, and Swim. Yeah, most of the album. It's just great stuff.


I'm 13 now and I literally grew up on this album. I own 2 copies and just can't get enough! Great rock sound! GREAT EVERYTHING! It's a must have!

Already a cult classic!

The Glands are a classic four piece that purvey a familiar yet unique strand of great rock'n'roll a la Flaming Lips, Sparklehorse, Neil Young, and Carlos. The songs are interesting, the production inventive, and the craftsmanship apparent. This album is one of the finest I've heard in years.


Formed: Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

With the Athens, Georgia music scene receiving national press from the likes of R.E.M. and the B-52's, members of the Glands knew that they wanted to create something their hometown was known for. So instead of having a sound that resembled laid-back college rock or wacked-out party rock, members Ross Shapiro (vocals/ guitar) Joe Rowe (drums), Craig McQuiston (bass), Frank McDonald (guitar) and Doug Stanley (keyboards) shaped more of a darker, laid-back, brit-pop style that doesn't cross the line...
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