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Glen Closer 
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 Glen Closer. 

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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Glen Closer
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Tracks:
Get Up And Go
Hung By A Thread
Brave
7 of 9
Uncle Uncle
Supernatural
Branches and Leaves
The Sun Is Awake
Wouldn't Be
Our Yard
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