By Jen Procop
Glen Closer’s second album had sizable
shoes to fill. Pine View Grocery; their first release made music
critics prick up their ears…and their suspicions. Was Glen Closer’s debut
album just a case of beginner’s luck or did this New Jersey rock trio have
real talent? I put their follow-up self titled disc into my CD player and
it didn’t take me much longer than a few tight guitar riffs on their first
track ("Get up and Go") to know that this album is generous.
I am having a fatal attraction to
With their progressive harmonies and honest
lyrics, this album is a blend of modern rock, 60’s folk and small town
Americana. Joe Rubin, Jim Baeszler and Johnna White are all talented musicians
and their riffs, hooks and arrangements are tight and uncompromising.
The most effective tracks come when Johanna White takes control of the
microphone and her striking voice on “Brave” is one of the best on the
album. Rock tracks like “Supernatural” and ‘Hung by a thread” mesh really
well with the sixties beatnik feel of “Our Yard”. The only thing this album
doesn’t have is the “big one”- one song that just blows your mind and leaves
you feeling dizzy. To make up for it, it does offer ten tracks that you
can listen to in succession without having to maul the skip button. In
terms of attraction, who needs the big one? I will take long and perpetual
over short and intense any day!
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