Glow & Behold

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Glow and Behold is Yuck's mellower, more mature and generally more boring follow up to 2011's nostalgic but hugely enjoyable debut. Gone are the rough and ready blasts of youthful/tuneful grunge and in come a batch of slowed down, over-produced tracks which are occasionally brightened up by a bit of rough in an unfortunate sea of "meh". Some of the blame must lie with producer Chris Coady, who should really know better having worked with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV On the Radio in the past, but in all fairness it would take a miracle worker to liven up some of these songs. There will be an audience for this album, the tracks could sit well on certain MOR radio stations but I suppose I just expected something more from an undoubtedly talented band. The one true bright spark on this record (and it IS a truly gorgeous song) is "Nothing New" which delves nicely into more blissed out pop territory - there's Grandaddy keys, Webb Brothers harmonies and even a nice dash of trumpet. It makes you wonder what would have happened if the band had took this theme and ran with it, it would have been a departure for sure, but a rewarding one. As it is we're left with a grown-up second album which is a bit of a damp squib.

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