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Posted on Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 11:26:58 UTC
Artist: Glamour Kings
CD: For Full Stimulation
Home: New York City
Quote: "Throaty, energetic power pop that quickly cuts to the chase."
By Michael Haley
For Full Stimulation is throaty, energetic power pop that quickly cuts to the chase. Vocalist Michael Urge of this two-person band has a standout way of enunciating to engender a wringing effect.
On these fifteen tunes, the bass guitar and the synthesizer are prominently heard but do not overshadow Mr. Urge's raspy, haunting, yet lucid voice. Also clearly evident is a searing, although clement, drumbeat (the band says it seeks a "studio sound" in its work), reminiscent of a record like The Breeders' "Title Tk." Glamour Kings knows how to produce a disc.
Thematically characteristic of this CD is the lyric on track seven, "From The World," proclaiming the present of "falling in my frustration, falling in it with you, the more I feel, the worse it is." Throughout the CD, as it relates to slippery love, there is admission in the yearning, persistence in the beckoning, honesty in the outpouring. To allude to the illustration on the CD cover, there seems to have been an attempt to feed a would-be lover a string of pearls, but to no avail.
Further, the cut "Addiction," perhaps speaks most saliently to the zinging note of intimacy gone wrong: "Rejection is my addiction," Mr. Urge declares deadpan, then follows with "rejection is my obsession, it seems that everything I do is not good enough for me."
If an album is going to have so strict a single mood, and not vary so much within its subgenre, then it should have the attribute of inherent inexorable seduction. For Full Stimulation does not reach such a qualitative summit. If the moments of flash and glitter were accompanied by a lighter touch and a greater sense of awakening at times, it would perhaps be a more superior record. As it stands, For Full Stimulation is a good effort. Yet Michael Urge and his bandmate John Biordi clearly possess the talent to accomplish even more on future productions.
Artist Website: http://www.myspace.com/glamourkings
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