Glasvegas – Later…When The TV Turns to Static
More so than previous Glasvegas releases, this one is very much down to vocalist/lead guitarist, James Allan; it's the first he's produced on his own.
Unfortunately, everything but his voice feels a bit subdued. This method of recording is actually a risky approach, because it shifts the focus entirely onto Allan and his lyrics.
Released back in March as the first single, ‘I'd Rather Be Dead (Than Be with You)’ bludgeons you over the head with the titular line. Allan's unique delivery stands out – he does have a great voice – and he gets his message across… but deep down you can't help feeling there's not much craft involved.
There are some decent songs here, and it's not all doom and gloom, but too many tracks feel a bit predictable and bland. Mostly they lack vitality and don't progress beyond a basic formula.