Yuck
Glow and Behold


3.5
great

Review

by BrianE USER (29 Reviews)
October 1st, 2013 | 25 replies | 4,961 views


Release Date: 09/30/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Indie rockers Yuck boldly emerge with new ideas and new frontman

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Yuck frontman Daniel Blumberg made a curious decision earlier this year. After roughing it out with various projects, he had finally achieved his biggest breakthrough to date with his band's self titled debut in 2011. At the seeming height of his success, Blumberg walked away to focus on a project called Hebronix, leaving bandmates Max Bloom, Mariko Doi, and Jonny Rogoff scrambling for a new direction. The good news about the band's sophomore album, Glow and Behold, is that it is recognizably Yuck. They haven't transformed into an entirely different band, as some naysayers prognosticated around the time of Blumberg's departure.

To the contrary, the band now presents a more mature sounding record that is no longer as beholden to their influences as they were on their debut. Nor are they buried under a wall of distortion like they were before. And while their first album sounded like a starry-eyed teenager's 90s pop bedroom fantasy, the Yuck of Glow and Behold sound much more grown up and musically adventurous. Their change in perspective becomes immediately obvious on "Out of Time," a breezy, self assured indie rock tune with crisp guitar and a smooth, serene vocal performance from Bloom. Doi, now serving as the band's primary backing vocalist, delivers a gorgeous vocal aria to close it out. Bloom, for his part, does an commendable job taking over the frontman's role. Whether you prefer Bloom or Blumberg in terms of vocal capability will come down to personal opinion, but the two are cut from the same cloth. Neither are particularly flashy or showy -- just solid, quality singers.

The change in direction is more obvious in other areas, however. Whereas Yuck was an album bolstered by strong hooks and catchy melodies, the followup is more concerned with the background texture and coloring of the songs. "Lose My Breath" and "Middle Sea" may be reminiscent of their older material, but "Rebirth" draws inspiration from a different corner of the 90s. With its haze filled and hypnotic chord pattern, it sounds like a My Bloody Valentine song, thus showing they can be true to their 90s roots while doing it in different ways. In other places, the experimentation is more subtle. "How Does It Feel" offers some new touches by delivering spacey slide guitar, along with a Neutral Milk Hotel style horn section in the beginning.

There are a few softer ballads along the way, some more successful than others. "Nothing New" is the most emotionally raw and honest piece on the entire album, while others like "Somewhere" do an admirable job but don't live up high bar set by previous pieces like "Suicide Policeman" and "Sunday." And of course, the title track and album closer is another bonafide piece of great indie pop/rock. Yet despite all of the positive developments, Blumberg's absence is still roundly felt. His skills as a guitarist and songwriter cannot be understated. The melodic guitar leads that were a highlight in previous songs like "Get Away" and "Shook Down" are heard much less often on Glow and Behold.

Although songs like "Glow and Behold" and "Out of Time" certainly offer up catchy indie pop, the rugged Dinosaur Jr. inspired cuts from Blumberg boasted much stronger melodies, were tighter, and more anthemic. They tended to stay with you longer due to the simplicity of their delivery and the exuberant celebration of youth that he infused into those songs. Those type of intangibles are difficult to replace, and alas Yuck sounds much less likely to let their hair down here. Therefore, it's a difficult case to make that they're better off without Blumberg; for that matter, it's hard to argue that this record is better than the first. Fair or not, it seems it's Glow and Behold's fate to be compared to their Blumberg era material. But if you're willing to look beyond that you'll find Yuck is still a vibrant and creative force laying down their new identity, and seem to have the opportunity to move in directions even Blumberg couldn't take them.



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BrianE
September 30th 2013



43 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For whatever reason, it looks like it created a new page for the album when I tried to submit the review. Any way somebody can merge it into the other one and get rid of this one?

Relinquished
September 30th 2013



24375 Comments


go to the forum and ask for the merge

BrianE
September 30th 2013



43 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright thanks!

joshieboy12345
September 30th 2013



5369 Comments


Yuck what is this? (SEE WHAT I DID THERE)

Digging: Rise Against - The Black Market

GodBlessPilot
September 30th 2013



48 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Aw yeah, new yuck. I really liked their first lp. I thought it encapsulated all of the best attributes
90's shoe-gaze had to offer. Stoked.

Inveigh
October 1st 2013



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first record was good, stoked to hear this


nice review too

Hep Kat
October 1st 2013



14983 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this is bad

Digging: Nipsey Hussle - Crenshaw

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2013



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I totally forgot this was out. acquiring.

Digging: Ought - More Than Any Other Day

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2013



6319 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not as great as the debut, still a very nice listen.

Good review, glad to see this covered.

Digging: Sully - Blue

demigod!
October 1st 2013



43793 Comments


nice. i didn't care for their debut, but the song they released a while back was awesome. gonna check this

Digging: Black Flag - My War

Odal
October 1st 2013



344 Comments


Good review, pos'd. Need to listen to this a few more times, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2013



7311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, nice one getting a feature. I liked this record, though I thought it tailed off a little towards the end.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2013



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

just read this and

as some naysayers prognosticated


you are a hero

BrianE
October 2nd 2013



43 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks to everyone for the kind words, and thanks for the feature! And haha Aids, I'm glad you liked my wording there!

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 3rd 2013



11566 Comments


what else are you glad about

Digging: Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

chambered99
October 3rd 2013



778 Comments


just put out an album of "rubber" esque songs and you got it yuck. this is eh

Digging: Baton Rouge - Totem

Kman418
October 3rd 2013



9799 Comments


my brother listens to these guys a lot they're alright

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

auberginedreams
October 4th 2013



5983 Comments


whenever i see this album art out of the corner of my eye on the front page i keep thinking it's mog from ffvi.

http://cdn.staticneo.com/w/finalfantasy/2/29/MogFFVI.jpg

Storm In A Teacup
October 4th 2013



12687 Comments


Artwork plus Summary equals this seems contrived annoying and egotistical

Storm In A Teacup
October 4th 2013



12687 Comments


But that's all I looked at or read so don't mind me =]



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