Glasvegas

  • Record Label: SonyBMG
  • Release Date: Jan 6, 2009
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Although his quartet's first LP has boozy punch, even with two bonus tracks, the Scots' eponymous debut still feels padded.
  2. 60
    Glasvegas are often compared to the Jesus and Mary Chain, another great Scottish band that worshiped Phil Spector and the whammy pedal, but Mary Chain’s appeal was a chilly remoteness. Glasvegas make it cool to care.
  3. It's another debut album laid low by ravages of hype.
  4. In their rush to be the UK's most important band, they seem to have ignored restraint, charisma, and charm--the qualities that made them Next Big Thing candidates in the first place.
  5. Frustrating but intermittently brilliant, Glasvegas could have made a strong EP, but instead stands as a flawed full-length that's been primped and stretched beyond its means.
  6. Musically, this is a very good record, one that might have been worth as much as a 4.5 with a different vocalist.
  7. It's a textbook example of a promising debut from a humorless band that has nowhere to go but down after the opening cut.
  8. Glasvegas is determinedly provincial, insisting there is grandeur in everyday lives. But what sounds rousing in Britain can sound sodden and overwrought to American ears.
  9. 60
    If you’re simply after retro thrills, though, these boozy anthems will provide you with one very happy hour.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. KymP.
    Jan 7, 2009
    5
    Musically, it's not too bad. It has some catchy, well fleshed out hooks and reasonable song progression. But, just as Jay K mentioned, Musically, it's not too bad. It has some catchy, well fleshed out hooks and reasonable song progression. But, just as Jay K mentioned, the lyrics are atrocious. Daddy's Gone is indeed, juvenile...but listening to the track 'Stabbed' is simply painful. Also, the multiple quoting of known rhymes or pop references "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine..", "Liar liar pants on fire" "What's the story, morning glory" etc is sickening. Ugh. Full Review »
  2. Jan 11, 2012
    7
    I think this record and this band are over rated big time. While it's not a bad record, and it does have some good stuff on it, I'm not sure II think this record and this band are over rated big time. While it's not a bad record, and it does have some good stuff on it, I'm not sure I agree with the acclaim it got. It get's a bit repetitive after a while and the vocals get old pretty quick. Geraldine is a good song and the standout track for me, the rest of it kind of blends in together. Full Review »
  3. JoeyD
    Apr 7, 2009
    6
    Best U2 cover band I've heard in a while!