GLAMWEAZEL The Great Unknown

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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)

 

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