Sunday, September 26, 2010

Glyder - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Irish quartet Glyder might be laboring under the shadow of its countryband the Answer when it comes to the crown in the neo-classic rock sweepstakes. But while the latter stays faithful to old-fashioned bluesy hard rock as its meat, potatoes, salad and dessert, Glyder shows a lot more ambition. Hard rock is still the foundation, but the edifice erected on Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow contains bricks of prog rock and girders of radio metal, as if the contractors included Thin Lizzy, Guns ‘N Roses and Asia. No wonder the band’s shared stages with everyone from Def Leppard and Whitesnake to Blue Oyster Cult and Hawkwind. Sometimes it’s an uneasy marriage, as with the sore-thumb synth groove driving Jack Strong or the pop/street metal hybrid of One of Us. It doesn’t help that the slick production gives some of the gnarlier pounders a sheen they don’t need, and singer Tony Cullen, who comes straight from the John Wetton/Greg Lake school, may not be an appropriate choice for some of a dirty rocker like Make a Change. But when the band hits a soaring melody like The Bitter End, Always the Loser or Innocent Eyes, or even abandons hard rock completely with Time to Fly, all the pieces come together and the band hits the marks it sets for itself. Glyder would have ruled AOR radio in the 80s; it remains to be seen whether it can find its place in the niche-oriented music industry of the noughties.

- Michael Toland
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