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GLYDER Playground For Life Townshend Records (2007)

Glyder

Glyder return with their second album and after a very strong debut album the expectations for this album are high. Luckily the band are more than up to this task and with Chris Tsangarides on the mixing desk again the sound is again top notch.

Like their debut Glyder hint at what Thin Lizzy may have sounded like had they still been around today recording new songs listening to 'Walking My Own Ground' it sounds like them. But Glyder are not copy cats, they merely listen to great music, soak up this and add their own sound. The title track is nothing short of a classic whilst 'Puppet Queen' is an instant hit and features some neat guitar work.

The sign of a good album is variety and you have plenty on here with the closing song 'The Merrygoround' taking the pace down a notch, with a slight 60's feel to the sound and 'For Your Skin' has a modern rock feel, which will become a live favourate I am sure.

The rhythm section are locked in nice and tight with some cracking drum parts, whilst the guitars are never in your face but an essential part of the band's overall sound nonetheless.

Many modern bands produce a classic debut only to fall way short on their follow-up album (like the Darkness) but Glyder have equalled, possibly beaten their debut release. All lovers of rock music will enjoy this album from a band that keep a 70's rock feel alive and manage to add their own musical style as well. An album of the year and then some!

****½

Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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