Glassjaw
Coloring Book


4.5
superb

Review

by David Driver USER (82 Reviews)
March 31st, 2011 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not your big brother’s Glassjaw.

History has shown us that when a band tries to change their established sound, it’s almost always a disastrous affair. And although my relationship with Glassjaw has been rudimentary at best, I wasn’t so sure that they could pull it off: sure, the band always offered a more mature, refined offering than most of their peers, but I find it’s really hard to escape/evolve out of the heavier genres and still produce a quality product. With their new EP, Coloring Book, does Glassjaw succeed in changing their sound, or does history rear its ugly head?

Coloring Book starts off on strong note with “Black Nurse”, as the band showcases their new experimental/alternative/jazz influences injected into their established post-hardcore style. After bursting in with a warbled wall of noise, the first verse kicks off with a number of clean, sharp guitar stabs, a running bassline and a collapsing drum beat, keeping a strong drive within a floating structure. Daryl Palumbo continues to show us why he’s one of the best vocalists out there, as his desperate delivery steps up to the plate and soars in the strangely catchy chorus. The sound certainly isn’t what we expected from Glassjaw, but the band’s talents in keeping a strong, progressive, interesting, infectious drive is certainly still as strong as ever.

And while “Black Nurse” was a more breathable affair, runner-up “Gold” turns the page and offers a tighter, bolted-down feeling: with the snare drum snapping on the upbeats, “Gold” commits to a heavier and groovier style, while still keeping a gigantic amount of intensity in the looser choruses. “Vanilla Poltergeist Snake” offers a more stripped-down approach while maintaining a creepier atmosphere amongst an aggressive distorted bass guitar. Lastly, rounding out the heavier part of the EP is “Miracle In Inches”, where Mr. Palumbo absolutely kills in his vocal performance, attacking the song’s chorus a little differently every time but still maintaining a high level of gusto with each go.

But while the majority of Coloring Book is a rough-and-tumble affair, the EP closes out with two mellow numbers, and they easily compete to be the EP’s best efforts. “Stations Of The New Cross” is a subtle, atmospheric number, leaving strong vocal melodies to carry most of the workload until guitar noises and busy drums pick up towards the end. “Daytona White” acts as the EP’s closer, as soft brush strokes drive the melancholic, almost tragic feel of the song. Guitar static and swirls act as a crescendo before the despairing final part of the song, featuring another humbling vocal performance (“I can’t breathe without you”), and Coloring Book triumphantly comes to a close.

Although it’s nothing like what we’ve heard from the band before, Glassjaw offers us a fresh and exciting sound that lives up to the quality of their previous releases; This certainly isn’t your big brother’s Glassjaw, but their new sound is just as artistic, expressive, intelligent and, above all else, unique, as anything they’ve ever done (or anything else out there, for that matter). It certainly is commendable when a band tries to change their sound, but when a band does it with a high amount of taste and finesse, as Glassjaw does with Coloring Book, it truly is inspiring. In short, not only does Coloring Book fit right into Glassjaw’s quality catalogue, but it also deserves to be heralded as one of the year’s best, and truly one of the best examples of a band transforming to a whole other level.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Beauville88
March 31st 2011


226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They spelled "colouring" wrong, eh?

balcaen
March 31st 2011


3183 Comments


they did spell colouring wrong. canadians are always right.
i liked your review. but i still think this EP sounds like the instrumentation and the vocals were recorded without any sort of prior planning on how they should fit together. daytona white could have been such a cool track.

Hep Kat
March 31st 2011


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what do you like balcaen

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cvlts
March 31st 2011


8985 Comments


i might have to agree. although i think it sucks more.

Hep Kat
March 31st 2011


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what do you like this life is genocide

balcaen
March 31st 2011


3183 Comments


sour gummy bears and sex. nah jk i like trophy scars and this life is genocide

Beauville88
March 31st 2011


226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has SERIOUS potential to turn into a "5" for me. It's THAT good.



Rev
March 31st 2011


9441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Need to give this another listen

WeepingBanana
March 31st 2011


10217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OCG is a little better than this methinks

vanilla poltergeist snake is awesome though

Polymath
March 31st 2011


3836 Comments


i tried EIGHT TIMES, didnt click.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2011


24098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what do you like Hep Kat

edit: 54-40 comments! great band

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chesse13
March 31st 2011


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

if you go to their website it streams napalm death songs..

i like this i really cant wait for a full length

Blackbelt54
March 31st 2011


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review

TomArnoldsArmpit
March 31st 2011


3033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I can't help but feel the word "certainly" was used a bit too much in the last paragraph. But what do I know, the last thing of worth I did was Best Damn Sports Show.

FearThyEvil
March 31st 2011


12758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. I’m wasn’t so sure that they could pull it off:

Think you meant just to put I there.

scissorlocked
March 31st 2011


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

finally I listened to this and it's pretty good

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Leatherneck
March 31st 2011


661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

''Not your big brother’s Glassjaw.''

so much win on that summary

captaincrunch11
March 31st 2011


1245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Summary is so true.

Beauville88
March 31st 2011


226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Think you meant just to put I there.


Thanks. You can proofread something many time and you always miss something.



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