Category Archives: The Great Unknown
Inspired by the simplicity and swinging character of the sixties in its structure, the music of GLAMWEAZEL, evoking both the refined rock of MOTT THE HOOPLE, the magic glam of David BOWIE and sometimes the urban rock of Lou REED, has created a series of instant classics that the world should discover urgently! (4/5 stars)
Highlands Magazine (Translated – November 2018)
When members of the reunited band One The Juggler finished their 25th anniversary concert in 2009, they immediately decided to continue forging ahead using a new name. Thus, Glamweazel was born. The band is comprised of Jerry T. Jones, Colin Minchin, Paul Byfield, and Dave Lowe. Although many will likely compare this band’s music to David Bowie (there are similarities), to our ears these tracks have much more in common with artists like Be Bop Deluxe and early Lou Reed (the former in particular). Considering the enduring popularity of androgynous musical artists from the 1970s, it seems curious that more bands don’t create similar sounds.
What is perhaps most interesting about The Great Unknown is that the songs are really like retrospective glimpses. These guys use their influences as reference points, and then create modern guitar pop songs that are immediately gripping and relevant. Jones is the chief songwriter here, and he comes up with nothing but direct hits. How could any guitar pop fan not fall in love with cool tracks like “Thursday Night 1972,” “Self Deceiver,” “Playtime Is Over,” “Precious Thing,” and “Forever Man”…? Our guess is that this band will be immediately embraced by music fans worldwide. The Great Unknown hits the target.
babysue (November 2018)
…Glamweazel are no one-trick-pony, however, and with the second track, ‘Songs Of Texas’, I was hooked. The third number, ‘Feel Like A Rolling Stone’ didn’t do any harm. They sometimes have the jangly guitars and harmonies that might hark back to their antecedents except One The Juggler didn’t sound like that as far as I can tell. Glamweazel are their own invention and damn good at what they are doing.
RnR Magazine (November 2018)
…”Illusion, Lies And Butterflies” combines guitar twang with Lushi’s vocal flutter to a sweet, sweet effect, and intimate acoustica married to plaintive vanity on “The Waiting Song” is so pleasantly ’70s…the piano-helped “Early Morning Light” will eulogize romantic routine, and the sparkling “Winters Rose” will propose simpler sincerity. And that’s how patinated glam may manage to shine again.
DMME.net (October 2018)
Thanks to Angel Air Records, a compilation album with the best songs from Glamweazel now appears…The influences of David Bowie, and especially of Velvet Underground, are clearly evident. Jerry T Jones’s singing style comes at times awfully close to the blessed Lou Reed. Where does plagiarism end or start when you hear ‘Feel Like A Rolling Stone’? Songs to remember or download: the beautiful rock ballad ‘Tangled Leads’, the up-tempo ‘Big Beat Radio’ (almost David Bowie?) or the mysterious ‘The Waiting Song’ (Paul Roland-style). Other gems are: ‘Precious Thing’ and the melodic ‘Winters Rose’. ‘The Great Unknown’ gathers a number of handsome (seventies) songs that can sit in your record cupboard or iPod.
Keys and Chords (Translated – October 2018)
…the proceeding sound familiar but refreshingly enjoyable. Highlights include ‘My Baby Don’t Fade Away’, ‘Human After All’ and ‘Feel Like A Rolling Stone’ with its Sweet Jane styled riff. Opener ‘Thursday Night 1972′ is a wonderful tribute to the glam heyday of said year; Glamweazel’s own faithful interpretation of that particular sound, complete with a respectful Bowie homage which is prominent on a number of tracks…in conclusion, these influences and lyrical nuances inspire the majority of the 18 quality tracks included, yet [thankfully] manage to steer away from parody and retain a positive originality. 8/10
Vive La Rock Magazine (October 2018)
Over the years Glamweazel have recorded a number of self-released albums from which ‘The Great Unknown’ is compiled from. This 18 track budget priced album includes original songs such as ‘Thursday Night 1972′, ‘Tangled Leads’, ‘The Art Of The Meltdown’, ‘Shadows In The Night’, ‘Human After All’, ‘Playtime Is Over’ and ‘Big Beat Radio’.
Bev Bevan (October 2018)
Eighteen tracks are featured as we wilfully head back to days of old, the Glam aspect of this outfit’s name no accident. Although were not talking so much the ‘…Bam Thank You Ma’am’ variant, instead as “Tangled Leads”, “Playtime Is Over” or “My Baby Don’t Fade Away” weave their spell, so we are taken on a journey through 60s pop and 70s rock. The mood is often light and airy and yet these are no throwaway offerings bashed out with more enthusiasm than class. Here lyrical observations are matched to music that glimpses into worlds of everyday melancholy – growing old (un)gracefully, the love of the music and the paths we all must travel. As the best pop music often does, “Illusions And Butterflies” marries a cheerful melody to a pained lyric; joy and despair running hand in hand as you sing along. And it’s this all too often lost skill that raises what in other confines could have been a reasonably perfunctory set of songs and ensures that you stay the course.
…Nodding to Bolan and undoubtedly thanking Bowie for inspiration, this outfit have the knack of sounding like they might just have shared a bill with their heroes. That’s not to suggest that they’d ever have quite reached headline status in that company but they’d certainly have held their own against the era’s countless should’a beens.
Sea Of Tranquility (September 2018)