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- Glow & Behold by Yuck
8/10 Ian Staff review, 26 September 2013
After the shock departure of singer/guitarist Daniel Blumberg Yuck finally release their second album ‘Glow And Behold’, it seems that the change in line-up has created a pretty new sound within the band. With their first album released back in 2011 having quite a punchy indie/pop sound this has a much more mature feel to it with new instrumentation and somewhat sadder songs like ‘Memorial Fields’ which features a blush of brass and some nice psych reversed guitar noises.
What remains thankfully is their lush trademark Smashing Pumpkins style distortion, ‘Middle Sea’ is a fine example of this with its stomping indie rock sound. The brass thing seems to rear its head quite a lot here and it does seem to work for them quite well, elements of that good ol’ shoegaze thing pops up too like ‘Rebirth’ which has a great MBV whammy sound. A lot of people would say this sound is a bit stale these days but if it’s used in the right context it can sound perfect. Yuck may have lost an important part of their line-up but they certainly haven’t lost their shine. released on Fat Possum records and featuring lovely cover artwork by Katherine Campbell ‘Glow And Behold’ is a great comeback that will hopefully keep Yuck going strong for a few more years yet.
7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 18th October 2014
“Gold & Behold” is a gentler album than its grungier, anachronistic and surprisingly popular predecessor. Rather than recalling all of the American bands I loved in the early 90s, (Yo La Tengo, New Radiant Stormking, Silkworm) this is more of an English indie affair, listen to “Rebirth” for example. “Lose My Breath” is the stand out track but the whole album has a certain listenable loveliness about it. There is a definite shoegaze factor, “Memorial Fields” and “Somewhere” are good examples. The title track serves as a fitting album closer. It has a hint of “Carnival Of Light” era Ride about it and ends with a Beatles-esque fanfare.
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