Glasvegas, ‘Euphoric///Heartbreak\’ (Columbia)
Insanely overblown and proud of it, Glasvegas reconfigure U2’s epic template on this stirring pageant of sound, adapting those familiar grand gestures to their own needs. Helped more than a little by his adorable Scottish brogue, James Allan wails and moans with spine-tingling zeal, spewing tales of longing (“Lots Sometimes”), pride (“Stronger Than Dirt [Homosexuality Pt. 2]”), and salvation (“Shine Like Stars”). Whether he’s drunk on optimism or writhing in psychic pain, his relentless quest for enlightenment is gripping and inspiring.