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My Glorious

Minefield

(Rent-A-Label; US: 13 Sep 2011; UK: Import)

One of three EPs to see the light of day in the United States before this Austrian group releases its full-length debut in early 2012, Minefield isn’t all that bad of an introduction to a band that’s been called “Coldplay with balls”. The rollicking opening track isn’t much more than some good riffs and a chorus repeated ad infinitum, but such is pop music. The jackhammer guitars and percussion of “Give Me Time” recalls post-Ten Pearl Jam, replete with snarling six-string lines and a malevolent sense of menace lurking just before the bridge and chorus deliver sunshine and promise. The closing number, “Blow Up The Sun” first seems like European pop-rock at its finest, a guaranteed hit with its big guitars, tantric verse-chorus play. Instead, the track evolves into something more imaginative, more akin to what one might find on a Porcupine Tree album, albeit with less purpose and know-how. As interesting as all of this may sound, it’s still hard to make the case that My Glorious is more than an average band with average songs and a less-than-average shot at capturing the heart of America.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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