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Glasseater: Everything Is Beautiful When You Don't Look DownEverything Is Beautiful When You Don't Look Down (2003)
Victory Records

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Contributed by: maverickScott
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Glasseater's "Medicine" is, for lack of a better term, "that one Glasseater song." Ask anyone who sort of follows the underground music scene if they've heard of Glasseater, and they'll say something to the effect of "Yeah, I have an MP3 of that one song... 'Medicine,' I think." Every band gets th.
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Glasseater's "Medicine" is, for lack of a better term, "that one Glasseater song." Ask anyone who sort of follows the underground music scene if they've heard of Glasseater, and they'll say something to the effect of "Yeah, I have an MP3 of that one song... 'Medicine,' I think." Every band gets their one song, and Glasseater definitely already used theirs up.

A good majority of Everything Is Beautiful... is spent trying to recreate the magic that is "Medicine." Hell, one could argue that a good part of their self-titled album on Fearless was also spent trying to recreate that song, but I digress. Glasseater's basic formula [one of aggressive-yet-poppy punk rock intermingled with transparent screams] is repeated ad infinitum with these ten songs, and after the first handful of tracks, it just starts to get really old, really quick.

That's not to say that the band can't write a good tune - The album's opening salvo of "Greetings... Goodbye," "Art Of Communication," and "Falling Apart" is as solid or better a trio as many other bands in their league [and many of their labelmates, as well]. In those 3 tracks, you understand what Glasseater's recipe is all about, and by the end of "Falling Apart," you can A)predict the rest of the album and B)make a rather easy judgement call on whether or not you'll like the rest of the CD.

The riffs start to get recycled towards the end of the disc, and the lyrics seem to move into the shallow end at the rate of a foot-per-track [with the ending trio of "Recurring," "Break Away," and "To Feel Adored" just being absolutely painful to actually listen to]. While I'm sure singer Julio is sincere and honest as all get out, his nasal drone [akin to Midtown, but much worse] is borderline earplug-worthy after multiple listens.

Of course, lots of kids will tell me I suck for badmouthing this band because they really "speak to them." Odds are most of those kids are just that - kids. Glasseater could very well be hundreds of kids' gateway drug into a much more potent punk and hardcore scene - one can only hope a few of those kids will pick up a Glassjaw album by mistake.

MP3s
Art Of Communication
At Your Own Risk
Everything Is Beautiful When You Don't Look Down

 

 
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Anonymous (February 17, 2004)

I didn't realize this was Punk American Idol. Who cares how they compare to Thursday? They're a very good band, and have the right blend of screaming-singing. This cd is definitely one of the best I've heard recently, and it seems like Victory has a string of good releases (Streetlight Manifesto, BTBAM, Silverstein).

Check this stuff out!

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

They have pretty good music, their singer is alright, I hate their screams though. thursday kills these guys musically, lyrically,vocally, every way possible. The lyrics on this cd are descent, not great, not bad.

Anonymous (September 8, 2003)

I agree. This album is amazing. Case closed.

Anonymous (September 8, 2003)

no one seems to mention that glasseater was one of the bands in it's genre... i mean they came up at the same time as Thursdays back in 98' before that whole genre blew up... and i think this cd is amazing

dignin (September 8, 2003)

i like glassjaw, but they do have alot of idiot fans, maybe jocks isnt the right term, maybe nu-metal kids

501 (September 7, 2003)

Woah there pal who said Glassjaw has jocks for fans. The last time I went to see Glassjaw, I didnt see one jock. Unless, I myself am a jock and dont want to admit it. Or if guitar playing has become a sport and me being one of 10 million guitar plays... then I guess im a jock. In the long run im trying to say, this band trys to hard, and theyre nothing compaired to Glassjaw. Word.

Anonymous (September 6, 2003)

I agree. I think Glassjaw is okay, I just prefer Glasseater.

I really like the drum work on the new CD. I think Julio has definitely matured as a drummer and the rest of the band has also really improved. JC's guitar sounds much more exotic than in previous recordings.

Anonymous (September 6, 2003)

glassjaw are a shitty band with jocks for fans.

glasseater was one of the first bands in the pop punk/screamy genre (if it is one) that i started listening to. miles ahead of where we left off.

face to the floor is an awesome song.

Anonymous (September 5, 2003)

I think the song "Everything is Beautiful when you don't look down" is the new "Medicine." It's a much better song musically, and the lyrics are much more meaningful (especially if you read what the song is about on their "Behind the Music" section of the CD). The intro to t he second song is equally amazing.

Anonymous (September 5, 2003)

sorry that should have been a 1

Anonymous (September 5, 2003)

i didnt think it was physically possible but this both sucks AND blows

Anonymous (September 4, 2003)

Worst band in the entire world.

Sara(no h)

GreenVandal (September 4, 2003)

No, your a fat em kid because you think logic is a football team. And ya know, what i just said made sense.

Yeah...im sleepy.

I hate people.

FortyMinutesWest (September 4, 2003)

So wait, I'm a fat emo kid because I don't like Count the Stars? Touchdown for team logic!

annonymous (September 4, 2003)

someone please tell me how i can get the Hey Mercedes cd

GreenVandal (September 4, 2003)

*sniff* my dad died! WAAAAAAAAAAH!

Real mature kid. Blah Blah Blah.

(see, forty didnt say it, hence your psychic vision has been proved false! YOU LOSE)

COunt the stars and this band AND silverstein all make me want to vomit for 30 minutes after hearing there songs, so i can understand how Jason was feeling.

Anonymous (September 4, 2003)

I swear to god... Forty-minutes-west is the biggest fucking fag on earth. Hes probably a fat emo loser.... In fact i know he is. So shut the fuck up forty.... I already know what youre going to say : "oh real mature, blah blah". Fuck you.

annonymous (September 3, 2003)

I think medicine was "that" song...... I heard that when these guys played in Miami about 3 months ago Jason, the old singer, sang for some of the songs.... he sang so hard he threw up for about 30 minutes after the show...True story

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

Snapcase is good. Count the Stars is okay. Glasseater is amazing.

adamsocial (September 3, 2003)

This band isn't any good anymore.

Snapcase, Darkest Hour, rock.
Count the Stars are nice dudes.

FortyMinutesWest (September 3, 2003)

"FORTY LIKES COUNT THE STARS! FORTY LIKES COUNT THE STARS!"

MY DAD COULD BEAT UP YOUR DAD!

Also, Scott secretly likes Bracket and Face to Face, but don't tell anyone.

ramo (September 3, 2003)

don't forget darkest hour. them and snapcase keeps victory in existence for me.

While you people say count the stars is the best band on victory, my "special" friend says it's silverstein. let it be known!!!

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

"one can only hope a few of those kids will pick up a Glassjaw album by mistake."

Greatest line ever posted here.

GreenVandal (September 3, 2003)

"Forty just called me and told me that "Snapcase" was a typo - he actually meant "Count The Stars." I guess his keyboard is miswired or something."

Hahaha.

(in the usual school yard chant voice)

FORTY LIKES COUNT THE STARS! FORTY LIKES COUNT THE STARS!

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

no, it's definitely snapcase...

maverick (September 3, 2003)

Forty just called me and told me that "Snapcase" was a typo - he actually meant "Count The Stars." I guess his keyboard is miswired or something.

-Scott

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

Snapcase rocks. That's a fact. I love Glasseater too though.

GreenVandal (September 3, 2003)

"The best band on Victory? It's Snapcase, and don't you forget it."

A-fucking-men my brother. Snapcase is the only thing keepin that label afloat.

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

Face to the floor - Their best song.
Their first album is one of the best album of the genre.
Not as poppy and pointless.

Pseudonova (September 2, 2003)

If there is anyone who hasn't heard "Face to the Floor", you need to check it out. It was on the Don't be Scared comp. a few years ago. Its the one Glasseater song that really turned me on to them.

FortyMinutesWest (September 2, 2003)

The best band on Victory? It's Snapcase, and don't you forget it.

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

5 stars. This is the best band on victory.

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

I thought this album was amazing, but I guess I see things from a very biased perspective (seeing as how I am close friends with all the guys in the band). I think it's amazing that they were signed to Victory Records, and I hope their music is spread to all corners of the nation. I've been a Glasseater fan since the beginning, and I think this CD is their best and most mature. Anyone who thinks the songs feel empty or cliche needs to check out the enhanced extras on their PC and check "Behind the Music."

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

Fuck, 7 Years Bad Luck was one of the best albums of that whole singing/yelling genre... The self titled was mediocre, but "Medicine" was a pretty sweet song... This shit sucks.

ElVaquero (September 2, 2003)

oh, thank the lord, i was waiting for someone to give an unbiased opinion of this terrible, terrible band

FortyMinutesWest (September 2, 2003)

Remember when this band didn't suck?

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

They name drop like any other company does to catch the attention of Joe-Jackass that doesn't know any better but has heard of those bands. Although I'm kind of tired of the promotional stickers myself, realize those stickers aren't put there for anyone who comes to sites like this. They're largely for the New Found Glory fan who's also maybe heard of Thursday who has suburban money to burn who grabs it because he doesn't know any better.

As for Scott, I shared your sentiments in your review for a few weeks, but in my case the record grew on me. What I originally felt came across as chaos, turned into a multi-layered effort where I now appreciate more areas than when I first listened to it.

inagreendase (September 2, 2003)

on another note, does Victory feel withdrawal if they don't namedrop in their promotion stickers? I like Glasseater, I like a lot of Victory's releases, but this is fucking ridiculous.

"For the people who rock out to: Thursday, Further Seems Forever, New Found Glory, and Thrice: THIS CD WAS MEANT FOR YOU!"

yes, you read right. most companies go with ONE demographic..Victory is but it looks like they sure know how to divy it up

inagreendase (September 2, 2003)

arms and legs above self-titled but still nowhere near their miles ahead / 7YBL days

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

it fit in with the review, medecine is a great fucking song but it sucks that there are 4 songs on that cd which tries to sound like medecine.

and this band gets dropped by fearless..

why does victory sign them? seriously, every highschool band is like this.

but i do like that medecine song.

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

Yeah, mark me down as somebody else who only knows Seven Years Bad Luck. Uh, was Medicine on some major comp or something? Cause I've never even heard anyone talk about that track. Tsk tsk, Scott: You know what happens when you assume, don't you?

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

Yeah, mark me down as somebody else who only knows Seven Years Bad Luck. Uh, was Medicine on some major comp or something? Cause I've never even heard anyone talk about that track.

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

4 out of 10? And this coming from a guy that likes 'indie rock emo' bands?

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

Yeah their oldest albums are definately the best...I haven't even heard this song "Medicine" that you're talking about...I would consider Seven Years Bad luck their "song". Anyhow, after reading that Thursday interview it seems like Victory convinved these guys to lose all the screaming...

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

Their albums on dead droid and eulogy (later distributed by fearless) were the best and these past 2 craptacular albums makes me miss ex-lead singer jason.

Ramo

hungryjoe (September 2, 2003)

I always thought "Seven years bad luck" was their one song, probably because that's the only Glasseater song I know. I know i've seen these guys play before, but I don't remember when. Possibly opening for Small Brown Bike and The Suicide Macines last year.

KirbyPuckett (September 2, 2003)

Odly enough I'm listeing to Glassjaw.

I liked that song "Seven Years Bad Luck" by these guys, but that's about as far as I can go.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(I missed my train to Mars too)

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