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Glyder - "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" (CD)

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"Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" track listing:

1. That line
2. Knockout
3. Jack Strong
4. Innocent Eyes
5. Make a Change
6. The Bitter End
7. Back to the Water
8. One of Us
9. Always the Loser
10. Yesterday, today and Tomorrow
Bonus tracks:
11. Time to Fly
12. All You've Done
13. Elverstown

Reviewed by on July 24, 2010

"'Knockout' is a thoroughly Thin Lizzy-esque rocker retelling the tale of the 'Rumble in the Jungle' fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman."

In their bio, Irish rockers Glyder say they were "raised on a healthy diet of Thin Lizzy," and you can definitely hear that in the heavy-pop dual guitar grooves they lay down on their latest album, "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." Unfortunately, the album's over-polished production sometimes makes on long for a bit of grit that would make some of the songs more memorable.

To be fair, there are some great songs to be had here. "Knockout" is a thoroughly Thin Lizzy-esque rocker retelling the tale of the "Rumble in the Jungle" fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Guitarists Bat Kinane and Pete Fisher are at the top of their form here, with some expert soloing. I also have to give credit to singer Tony Cullen, who also plays bass, for some excellent vocals here, with Kinane ably backing him in the superb sing-along chorus.

The muscular "Jack Strong" is another excellent track, featuring engaging lyrics and excellent drumming by Davy Ryan. I also enjoyed the aggressive "Make a Change," complete with a fuzz-bass line and crunchy riffs. The bluesy "Always the Loser" and the speedy "The Bitter End" are also quite listenable.

The album loses me, though, with tracks like "Back to the Water," "Innocent Eyes" and "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" that are all glitter and no grit. Yes, they're well-performed, but they don't have much that distinguishes them from the likes of U2 and Coldplay in a couple instances.

I found much of Glyder's "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" enjoyable, if a little overly poppy. Here's hoping that, in the future, the band goes for more of a gritty sound.

Highs: "Knockout," "Make a Change" and "Always the Loser."

Lows: "Innocent Eyes," "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" and "Back to the Water"

Bottom line: Plenty of Thin Lizzy-esque rock here — if sometimes overly polished.

Rated 3.0 out of 5 skulls
3.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)