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Exclusive US edition includes two bonus tracks: 'The Prettiest Thing on Saltcoats Beach' and 'Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime'. Glasvegas are a four piece from the tough East End of Glasgow, who fuse a wall of sound noise that is equal parts Jesus and Mary Chain, Elvis and Phil Spector combined with a Pop sensibility inspired by '60s Girl Pop and Doo Wop. Since they debuted on the music scene, fans and critics have sung their praises in print and on the internet. This, their, highly anticipated self-titled debut album includes the singles 'Geraldine' and 'Daddy's Gone'. Columbia Records. 2008.


Glasvegas is the boldest Scottish proposition since Sean Connery's Bond seduced Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. The band has a massive sound; like the Mary Chain and The Ronettes making a record with Kevin Shields on boards and Noel Gallagher bringing the bravado. Against this epic backdrop, Allan's self-reflective lyrics sound like he ripped them out of the darkest corners of his mind before splattering them all over his band's debut - his voice is like a sonic Jackson Pollock." -- Filter Magazine,December 2008

Shiver-inducing guitars and some of the most heartbreakingly sincere lyrics imaginable. The best new band in Britain -- NME,June,21,2008

1. Flowers & Football Tops
2. Geraldine
3. It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry
4. Lonesome Swan
5. Go Square Go
6. Polmont on My Mind
7. Daddy's Gone
8. Stabbed
9. S.A.D. Light
10. Ice Cream Van
11. The Prettiest Thing on Saltcoats Beach [*]
12. Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime [*]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B001L57ZVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andre Reynolds on January 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album was easily one of the most surprising and stunning debuts of 2008 in the UK, and will surely act as the same here in the States for 2009. But I must warn you, if you're not a fan of thick Scottish accents, it may take you a few spins to warm up to this band. With that aside, Glasvegas delivers an album full of emotion, spirit, and meaningful lyrics... a rarity among today's rock scene whether you wish to admit it or not.

One of the most refreshing aspects of this album is that it is made by musicians who know their craft and use real instruments. As ridiculous as that may sound, today's music scene seems more and more crowded with bands who have adopted the laptop as a musical instrument, flooding the airwaves with the newest crackles and synths courtesy of a make-shift bedroom studio. Glasvegas takes it back to basics and delivers what has been eluding modern music... heartfelt tales of average people told alongside well thought out and skillfully composed music.

The album kicks off with what many listeners deemed an easy pick for song of the year in 2008 among the UK, "Flowers and Football Tops - a song about a mother left without a son due to violence. The song clocks in at nearly 7 minutes, but not a second is wasted. The track is immense, giving off a sense of space with the help of some of the best placed reverb I've heard in a while. The track is topped by the raw emotion within the ending, where the refrain of "You Are My Sunshine" lingers on a chord that is sure to send chills down your spine. Other notable tracks include "Geraldine," "Daddy's Gone," and "Go Square Go." Geraldine and Daddy's Gone showcase the soulful aspects of Allen's voice (lead singer).
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Roy Pearl on December 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
There's not a lot of variation here, but variation is a crutch for the uncommitted, right? Just ask the Ramones. Or Motorhead. Or Sousa. Or the republican base. Thing is, what these guy do may be limited, but they do it like the next three minutes are the most important 179 seconds in the universe. Almost every song seems to rise out of a morose static drone that bleeds between tracks, and when the embellishments arrive - a nervous acoustic strum, 60s girl group beat and harmony vocals, the constant threat of Mary Chain guitar violence - they're just faintly familiar enough that they cradle everything in the comfort of nostalgia. And then that voice - an untrained working class Scot burr that doesn't so much confess its sins as declare them. The end result shimmers with a luminous melancholy that contains a fair amount of magic. Definitely a mood piece, but it's a mood that most of us are committed to whether we like it or not.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 13, 2008
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Glasvegas are as their name implies from Glasgow and their stunning self-titled debut comprises just ten songs, but what a collection they are.

Their style is highly melodic Pop/Rock with a heavy sixties Doo-wop sound, and a dense wall of sound similar to the legendary Phil Spector's; loads of organ, fuzzy guitars, chiming guitars and spectacular drumming. The group is a quartet with James Allan on lead vocals and Caroline McKay on drums.

Opening cut is "Flowers & football tops", inspired by the murder of a Glaswegian teenager. It is a towering Sixties-sounding number with a chorus a-la Ronettes or "Grease" (Sha-Na-NA especially) ending in a few notes of "You Are My Sunshine" depicting the harrowing heartbreak caused by his loss. "Baby why you not home yet" sings the mum as she slowly comprehends the fate of her son.

The autobiographical "Daddy's gone" is an awesome Doo-wop ballad with lyrics touching on the pain felt by a son due to his absent father. Allan's vocals fleet from derision to heartache, and the bridge reminds me a bit of the "La la la la la" from Elton John's "Crocodile rock". "Stabbed" is a dramatic Cathedral-sounding piano ballad with a cryptic narration (partly cryptic due to Allan's strong Scottish accent which makes it tough to decipher what he's saying). It uses Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata as backing. The sunny "Go square go" tells of a schoolyard scrap, set to a stomping beat and a sing-along "Here we f***ing go" refrain at the end.

The melancholic ballad "S.A.D. light" (for Seasonal Affective Disorder) is bewitchingly beautiful, while closing is the haunting Coldplay-style hymnal "Ice cream van" which gradually builds from swirling organ to a crescendo of Stadium-esque proportions.

They manage to marry a sunny exhilarating sound with deep, sombre lyrics. An ambitious debut which they successfully pull off, and definitely one of the better albums you will hear this year. Superb!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2009
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It seems that every once in a while a new "it" indie-rock band comes out of Great Britain and sweeps up their home country. This Scottish band had a couple of promising early singles and soon landed themselves an album record deal.

"Glasvegas" (12 tracks, including 2 bonus; 54 min.) brings a landscape of wailing guitars, with plenty of reverb, and a mostly upbeat tempo. It makes for a really enticing listening experience. The album starts off with a soaring 7 min. "Flowers & Footballs Tops' (just released as the 4th UK single). It is followed by "Geraldine" (3rd UK single), which is really their major break-out hit in the UK, and indeed as catchy as anything on here. "It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry" (2nd UK single) continues in the same vein. In fact, the first 5 tracks of the album really play as one long one, as there is no pause in between the songs. The second half of the album is more varied, less catchy, but not any less enjoyable. "Daddy's Gone" (1st UK single) reminds me of the Raveonettes. It is followed by the one complete misfire on the album: the 2 min. "Stabbed", which sounds like, no, IS Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata while lead singer James Allan mumbles some words over it, just bad. The album closer "Ice Cream Van" is a dreamy and introspective track that is just perfect to close things out. This album was originally released in the UK last September. To make up for the 4 month release delay in the US, US fans get 2 bonus tracks: an unremarkable "The Prettiest Thing On Saltcoats Beach" (B side of the "Geraldine" single) and an outstanding cover of the Korgis' "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime", what a treat that is!

Glasvegas will be touring the US in a few months, and I can't wait to see them at Choachella.
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