Glasvegas is following up their 2008 debut with another epic, sonically powerful album titled Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\ to release on April, 4th. Having been a huge fan of their previous release, I was excited to check this one out. Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\ delivers on top of the instrumental grandiosity of the debut, smoothing out the grungy edges and heightening the peaks. Themes of sadness, personal tragedy, accomplishment and shortcomings are all held within the new album, but seem to lack the raw, confessional storytelling of their debut.
There are some exceptions. “Lots Sometimes” is reminiscent of Glasvegas power ballads like “Geraldine,” moving to the point where it might induce a couple tears if you’ve had enough to drink. Singer James Allan admits in his stirring Scottish accent “You don’t need like me like I need you” on their single “The World is Yours” (posted below), something we can all probably identify with at one point in our lives.
The album is a step up from the debut, but missing a few elements that caught me in the first place. But hey, no point in remaking something they’ve already done.
Pre-order Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\ on iTunes now