Glasvegas, 'Euphoric///Heartbreak\\\' (Columbia)

Critical Mass
Release Date: May 17, 2011
Label: Columbia

by Jon Young

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.

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