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Glossary: Long Live All Of Us [UK reissue]Long Live All Of Us [UK reissue] (2013)
Xtra Mile Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 3


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Non-Punk Alert: The following review is of a record that is not punk. If you only listen to punk and believe that your only musical enjoyment should come from such narrow confines then please move on. Glossary are a quartet hailing from the wonderfully named Murfeesboro in Tennessee, and Long Liv.
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Non-Punk Alert: The following review is of a record that is not punk. If you only listen to punk and believe that your only musical enjoyment should come from such narrow confines then please move on.

Glossary are a quartet hailing from the wonderfully named Murfeesboro in Tennessee, and Long Live All Of Us is their seventh album–although their first to receive a proper release in the UK via Xtra Mile Recordings, a UK-based label that has started making inroads into the American music world. With six albums under the belt, it's clear that Glossary, fronted by Joey Kneiser, have a good sense of what works and the results on Long Live All Of Us are a dozen songs that are mostly chilled and relaxed. It's the kind of music for setting down for a cozy evening in with your partner. These songs are laced with uniquely classic melody–like what might have been if a mad scientist crossed Elvis Costello and Billy Joel, and gave the resultant 'monster' a host of records from labels such as Motown and Stiff.



Despite the overarching, laid-back feeling that Long Live All Of Us emits, there are the occasional moments when the tempo and urgency are upped, such as "Trouble Won't Last Always," "When We Were Wicked" and "Heart Full Of Wanna." Not surprisingly, all three are standouts.

Long Live All Of Us isn't a bad record, but to be honest it's not one that makes me yearn to track down the preceding six long players; I'm more than content to stick this one in my collection and pick it up when the mood requires just what Kneiser and his pals are offering.

 

 
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eatbicycles (May 23, 2013)

I exaggerate on the "fuck off" because this is the internet and I appreciate your fair appraisal of the album at hand, even though I think this album on it's own is incredible. But I exaggerate not on the best band thing. I mean, they're maybe not better than dinosaur jr or something, but on their end of the rock continuum they're playing at the pinnacle. See them live! Hope you find the other albums more fully compelling.

Rich27 (May 23, 2013)

Dearest Mr Eatbicycles,
Thank you for your input. I will now check out previous material seeing as you've provided me with that information. Unfortunately, I am more than happy with the statement I made - on the evidence of that one record alone I would not seek out previous material. However, given you've said that it is different to a degree then I might invest some time in doing so.
However, they're not the best active band in the world by any stretch of the imagination ... they're a long, long, long way off. Seriously, they're nowhere near that level.
Regards,
Rich

allbutone (May 22, 2013)

Love this record, but it is missing the rockers that made Feral Fire so great. "Lonely is a Town" and "Save Your Money for the Weekend" are absolutely awesome and really kickstart that record.

eatbicycles (May 22, 2013)

Kudos on reviewing this, but fuck off with that "isn't a bad record, but to be honest it's not one that makes me yearn to track down the preceding six long players" shit. This is the best active band in the world and Joey is one of the best songwriters. You should definitely look up their last three albums before this--Feral Fire, For What I Don't Become, and The Better Angels of Our Nature. Joey's solo album The All Night Bedroom Revival is still free on their website, as is The Better Angels. I love Billy Joel, but I think you'd find way more Thin Lizzy throughout their catalogue than Billy Joel. Their very first record is more Archers of Loaf/Pavement-y, so maybe that would be better suited to you. But that first album came out 15 years ago--they've since grown into (seriously) the best overall band in the world. They're worth a lot more consideration than you've given here--it's awesome that Xtra Mile picked them up.

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