Glasvegas, fronted by singer/guitarist/songwriter James Allan,
that made their name with the singles
Daddy's Gone (2007) and It's My Own Cheating Heart (2007),
played fashionable noise-pop with references to the
and girl-groups and to the barbaric verve of
the Velvet Underground
(notably Caroline McKay's "Moe Tucker-ian" tribal drums).
Glasvegas (Columbia, 2008) opens with a quintessentially Sixties
refrain, Daddy's Gone, despite shoegazing guitars and booming drums,
and with the anthemic Flowers & Football Tops, overflowing with
echoes of the teen idols of the 1950s.
Unfortunately, the arrangements are not varied and creative enough to sustain
the songs when the melodies do not, and the melodies are frequently watered-down
variants of wildly abused melodies.
The band compensates for a lack of subtlety with
the emphatic Go Square Go and the power-ballad
It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry.
The album suffers from the usual deficit of Brit-pop: two or three charming
songs surrounded by repetitive and inane imitations.
A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss (Columbia, 2008) was a Christmas-themed mini-album.
Euphoric Heartbreak (2011) piled up third-rate riffs and refrains hoping
that quantity would eventually turn into quality.
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