EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\
Columbia Records 
Fire Note Says: Glasvegas falls into several sophomore traps!
For any band to break in the US, there typically needs to be some excitement. Scottish band Glasvegas thrilled us on their self-titled debut back in 2009, as it had all the right pieces with sprawling singles, reverb undertones and memorable theatrical moments. Pretty good for a debut, so now comes the sophomore effort EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\ and like the cumbersome title, this record tries really hard to recreate the magic but falters some, as it just doesn't posses the hunger that flowed throughout their debut. Right from the opening track "Pain Pain Never Again", you get a 3 minute spacey instrumental track with some voice overs that takes to long to just be an intro while lyrically the tracks don't feel very strong. Some of the bigger moments on EUPHORIC still work, like the catchy and heartfelt "Dream Dream Dreaming" plays well into the bands strength and "Euphoria, Take My Hand" delivers nicely as a single. My main problem with EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\ is that it never takes off at any moment. It keeps its similar tone and tempo throughout and honestly at 50 minutes the record is too long as everyone needs a little diversity!
Key Tracks: "Dream Dream Dreaming", "Euphoria, Take My Hand", "The World Is Yours"
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Glasvegas: Glasvegas [Fire Note Review 1/6/09]
-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony