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  • Summary: The second album from the alternative rock band from Glasgow was produced by Flood.
  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Garage Rock Revival
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. It traverses a spacious, synth-dusted soundworld many future-dreampop miles from their girl-group and grit beginnings; the ambition will be a sonic shock to those who wanted the band to stay the 'working-class heroes' they wryly joke about being. It shouldn't, really.
  2. I've expressed a fair amount of negativity toward Euphoric Heartbreak, but Glasvegas are an endearing, though a bit try-hard, band, and Euphoric Heartbreak is an endearing, though a bit try-hard, album.
  3. Apr 8, 2011
    70
    Neither a triumph nor a calamity, EUPHORIC HEARTBREAK delivers just enough to make you believe Glasvegas may still have that perfect album in them some day.
  4. 60
    I worry about where they can go next with such a restrictive musical template, but here they have managed subtle refinement without sacrificing the essence of their primitive appeal.
  5. May 16, 2011
    60
    There's no doubt Glasvegas are on the side of the angels; they just need to remember that the Devil is in the detail. [May 2011, p.108]
  6. Apr 14, 2011
    50
    On Euphoric Heartbreak, they either pair those quirks with clumsy writing or, more often, pretend the quirks don't exist. The resulting album smears together into one gigantic well-produced stadium anthem, shining like the night sky while remaining just as inert.
  7. Apr 12, 2011
    20
    What follows is the most overblown album in recent memory, every song instantly hitting the "big Music" button without giving the listener a chance to become acquainted. [May 2011, p.87]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 10, 2011
    10
    A stunning effort from the Glaswegian band. A step in the right direction by bringing in the new drummer, it gives a much more professional feel to the music knowing that the drummer is an actual musician. Highlights of the album would be 'Euphoria, Take My Hand' and 'Lots Sometimes' which I could imagine being a real gem when played live. Expand
  2. Apr 26, 2011
    10
    I think it takes a few listens to fully appreciate this album. Sure, it is owerblown. I mean really owerblown. But so what?? Once in a while you need something to make you feel a bit dreamy and romantic and pompous and whatever this music sounds like. That's what makes this record stand out - it's designed for certain moments. A gem. Collapse