|Glyder - 'Yesterday Today And Tomorrow' (SPV)|
|Written by David Whistance|
|Thursday, 03 June 2010 06:00|
When I was given the third studio album by Irish rockers Glyder and read the dreaded word "melodic" I had dreadful visions of atrocious clamouring keyboards along with horrendous falsetto vocals like the seemingly never ending line of European melodic metal bands I've had to endure recently. Thankfully then, whilst Glyder are melodic, the context is more that they carry a great melody and are in fact something of a great hard rock band more in the vain of such great British bands as Thunder and UFO.
Receiving rave reviews for their self titled debut album along with equally glowing reviews for the follow up 'Playground For Life', the band are building an ever expanding fan base having also successfully toured with the likes of Thin Lizzy, Dio, Thunder and Y&T (Dave Meniketti incidentally drops in for a guest slot on the album's title track). Can this new album live up to the high expectations of the band's previous musical outputs? The answer?....... possibly!
What you get on 'Yesterday Today And Tomorrow' are ten great studio tracks, along with three bonus tracks, that whilst proving that the band have a knack of writing some great catchy rock numbers none of the tracks on the album jump out as ones that are about to change the world anytime soon. But then again in a world full of Coldplays and Radioheads with their self important hypocritical preachings then it's good to relax, crack open a beer and let the music do the talking for a change.
The album kicks off with a great opener 'That Line' setting the pace for the rest of the album. 'Knockout' meanwhile is a track written about the legendary heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali, and whilst being a fairly decent rock number I couldn't help feeling a little perplexed as where the chorus describing one of the greatest boxers of all time should really hit you in the face with a mighty suckerpunch the lightweight delivery gives the impression of a slight tickle under the chin. 'Jack Strong' is a great number about a cowboy named Jack, that gets the album back into full swing, and you can almost smell the whisky sodden breath of vocalist Tony Cullen as he tells the tale of the elusive Jack.
And whilst we are on the subject of Mr Cullen, the one solid foundation that kept me hooked to the songs was in fact his terrific vocal rasp, the man possessing a voice far more mature than his years. At times he sounds like a hard rock aficionado who has been treading the boards for decades, such is his mature and cocksure delivery.
There are however moments during the album where I just desperately wanted the rest of band to crank it up and rock out rather than seemingly playing it safe, but if your idea of a great rock album is catchy numbers with a blues tinged feel, then you'll love it.
Overall then this is an album of great songs that I'd definitely recommend to fans of bands such as Thunder, Skin and Little Angels. In fact if 'Yesterday Today And Tomorrow' had been released in the Brit (Irish) Rock explosion of the early 90's then songs such as 'One Of Us' and the album's title track would be filling the dance floors across the nation as well as threatening the UK's Top 40.