|The Glorious Sons
||Young Beauties And Fools
The Glorious Sons — Young Beauties And Fools
♣¤★ A no~frills, everyman Canadian rock unit in the vein of the Tragically Hip, the Headstones, the Arkells, and the Trews, Kingston, Ontario’s the Glorious Sons formed in 2011 around the talents of Jay Emmons, Andrew Young, Adam Paquette, Chris Huot, and Brett Emmons. Specializing in a winning blend of rootsy alt~pop and Canadian blue~collar trad rock, the band issued a debut EP (Shapeless Art) in 2013 — the EP garnered positive reviews, as did their energetic live shows. The following year saw the band head into the studio with the Trews’ John~Angus MacDonald and record their debut long~player. The resulting Black Box Recordings~issued Union, which featured the radio hits “Mama,” “Heavy,” “White Noise,” and “Lightning,” arrived in September 2014. ~ James Christopher Monger
Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Album release: Oct 13, 2017
Record Label: Black Box Recordings Inc
01 My Poor Heart 3:10
02 Josie 3:39
03 Everything Is Alright 3:13
04 Come Down 3:30
05 Hide My Love 2:56
06 Godless, Graceless and Young 3:12
07 My Blood 2:46
08 Sawed off Shotgun 3:15
09 So Much Love to Give 3:11
10 Thank You for Saying Goodbye 3:33
℗ 2017 Black Box Recordings Inc
••› Matty Green: Mixed
••› Fast Friends: Producer
Dana Jacobs, Oct. 13th, 2017 / Score: 90%
♣¤★ Compositions — 91%
♣¤★ Breaking Ground — 85%
♣¤★ Engagement — 89%
♣¤★ Lyrical Voice — 90%
♣¤★ Production — 94%
••› Canadian rockers The Glorious Sons released their second studio album “Young Beauties and Fools” through record label Black Box Music today. Since the release of their first record in 2014, The Glorious Sons have amassed thousands of streams, a trend set to continue if their newest release is any indication.
••› Founded by brothers Brett (vocals) and Jay (guitar) Emmons, The Glorious Sons lie somewhere on the musical spectrum between NEEDTOBREATHE, Mumford & Sons, and Jack White. Drawing on a range of folk, indie, and classic rock inspirations, the group leans on gritty vocals and thumping beats, all wrapped in earnest and emphatic songwriting for a distinctly raucous sound. “Young Beauties and Fools” stands out as a tightly produced, unapologetically fun record.
••› As lead singer and songwriter for the band Brett Emmons explains, Young Beauties and Fools is “basically the story of a 24~year old kid.” Indeed, the album’s storytelling provides a genuine, unpretentious look into the emotional volatility of youth. As such, the album’s lyrics can sometimes verge into being overly repetitive. Songs fall into two distinct categories: fiery rock songs of youthful indiscretions like “Josie” or “My Blood” and gentler, more solemn compositions like “Thank You for Saying Goodbye”. As standalone tracks, the songs of “Young Beauties and Fools” are an impressive lineup, yet as an album are left with a lack of total cohesion. But with this young band’s trajectory as of yet, it seems rather inevitable that they will continue to develop their sound and with it, a greater dynamic creative range.
••› “Young Beauties and Fools” opens with “My Poor Heart“, building from a subdued piano open into an explosive chorus, setting the tone for the rest of the album. “Everything is Alright” and its anthemic soundscape couple with Brett Emmons’s soaring voice for a truly moving musical experience.
••› One of the album favorites is “Godless, Graceless and Young” is a driving rock song that encompasses the reckless abandon of the album. An irresistible guitar hook propels the track through lyrics like “the streets are catching fire and the city’s just singing along.” Following suit “Sawed Off Shotgun” is everything that The Glorious Sons do best: rebellious, rowdy, and unapologetically real.
••› “Come Down” stands out thanks to its synth~y sound, an abrupt departure from the rest of the album’s guitar/drums/piano arrangements. An expansive, sweeping melody highlights the desperate pleas the song’s narrator makes to his companion, urging them “don’t you come down on me tonight” as he clings to the unbroken perfection of the moment. As one of the album’s lyrical highlights, “Come Down” deftly encloses the many subtle emotions of youth in an impressive bittersweet nostalgia.
••› The album concludes with the gentlest of the tracks, “Thank You for Saying Goodbye“. The slow, bluesy croon shows off a welcome vulnerability amidst the high energy of the preceding tracks. The song ends with only Brett’s somber, solitary voice, a fittingly melancholic conclusion to an album inspired by the explosiveness of youth, and all the recklessness and uncertainty that comes with it. ••› https://musicexistence.com/
AUTHOR: Gabrielle Bossy / Score: ****
••› The stories that come out on The Glorious Sons’ new album Young Beauties and Fools are independent in their own right but when tied together in a hastily wrapped package, make up the sound of genuine rock n’ roll. Over ten tight tracks, The Glorious Sons recount nights of hard partying followed by the hangover aftermath. Relatable and catchy, the album is an easy listen with a whole lot of heart.
••› The epitome of the album comes on opening track “My Poor Heart”. Simple piano chords and lead singer Brett Emmons’s abrasive vocals ring in the start of this track with a tinge of sadness but before long, the classic sounds of The Glorious Sons’ guitar mixed with emphatic horns brings strength to the song. The vocals on this track soon turn towards that of a preacher shouting, “I need to rest my poor heart! I need a cool glass of water and a place to fall apart!” These lyrics point to that tinge of depression everyone feels after a night of heavy drinking and hard partying.
••› The songs on this album show a true shift in the band’s sound. While not losing touch with the sound that made them popular on 2014’s The Union, this album is less nostalgic and more polished. Single “Everything is Alright” points to this idea with a chorus of vocals that lend themselves to the pop side of life. Similarly “Come on Over” features a synthesized sound that one wouldn’t have heard on the band’s first album. However, the contrast of this new sound against the always~gritty vocals shows that the band hasn’t lost touch with their roots.
••› “Godless, Graceless and Young” is a real gem on the album. Coming around the middle of the album, this track is a welcome pick~me~up rock song with clever guitar licks mixed with a sound that reminds one of Republica’s “Ready to Go”. The moody sounding verses mixed with an upbeat chorus on this song make for a solid feel~good track.
••› While most stories come from a first~person perspective, tracks “My Blood” and “Josie” tell the stories of others in a delightfully small town way, recounting shenanigans, arrests and more. The listener will enjoy this peak behind a curtain of somebody else’s life.
••› The album closes off in a stripped~down, bluesy way. Full of regrets and heartbreak, “Thank You for Saying Goodbye”, is simple, beautiful and lyrically sound. Emmons sings out “All them dirty things make me think that love is a lot like hate.” This song is a fantastic finish to a solid rock album. More serious than the other tracks, “Thank You For Saying Goodbye” is perhaps the most honest and genuine track on this album. ••› http://spillmagazine.com/
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