Glassjaw
Coloring Book


5.0
classic

Review

by mir4ge USER (2 Reviews)
March 6th, 2021 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I find this so peculiar, how you sit and stare (1gg3-2011)

This is my second review on this site, a while after the first. Just like the first review (which was on a Pendulum record), I am first going to tell you about how Glassjaw became one of my favorite bands in just a few weeks.

Glassjaw came up often when looking around for similar bands to my personal favorite, being Cali flat-earth shoegazer kings Deftones. I had already sunken my teeth into WELL (I’m sorry) over 90% of Poison the Well’s discography and simply wanted more. I tried Thrice and after multiple listens decided that Thrice does absolutely nothing for me and then, as sort of a last resort, turned to Glassjaw. I somewhat actively avoided their music for a while, for reasons unknown. Maybe that’s exactly why I was “scared”, I simply didn’t know what to expect of this band. “*** it,” I said, and typed the band name into the YouTube search bar, and played Cosmopolitan Blood Loss for the first time. It was, interesting to say the least. I didn’t think of it as unappealing per se, or poser-ish, but I simply found it to be sounding ugly, which funnily enough was also my initial reaction to Deftones.

Fast-forward a few days, and you’ll find me overexaggerating “when people whisper it makes her nervuuUUs”. What a ***ing otherworldy song. Amazing. Anyways, this is a Coloring Book review (I guess), and we’re still talking about Worship and Tribute. I think it had something to do with it being added to Spotify, thus I decided to give it a whirl. Once again, I had no idea what to expect from such a simple looking EP, just plain red.

Funny how the record sounds then proceeds to sound more like every color than just one, because Black Nurse took me completely by surprise. Dub/reggae-inspired rhythm’s and basslines? It’s surprising for sure. Two tracks later, on Vanilla Poltergeist Snake, I am hooked.
Every single song on here slaps. I don’t care if the terminology is considered cringe, it’s the damn truth. While I have yet to form a cohesive opinion about the albums in their individual entirety, I do know for sure that I ***ing love this EP. It’s something completely different from their last release (not counting Our Color Green). This review in no way does this release justice but I just felt like doing this.

Not a single bad track. Vanilla Poltergeist Snake has a sexy ass chorus.

Thank you, Glassjaw


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IsItLuck? EMERITUS (4.5)
With the re-emergence of Glassjaw, Coloring Book provides a reincarnation of their sound....

slaythesocialists (5)
“And again you’ll find a miracle in inches…I know you will”...

kygermo (4.5)
So much said in such little time.....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Supercoolguy64
March 6th 2021


10387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is the best glassjaw record no cap

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mir4ge
March 6th 2021


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've got a feeling it's gonna be quite high on my personal list, need to get into EYEWTKAS and Material Control more seriously though.

Mort.
March 6th 2021


16189 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

EYEWTKAS has aged very poorly as most ppl will tell you.



still some brilliant moments on it tho. just doesnt have as much staying power as anything that comes afterwards

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Supercoolguy64
March 6th 2021


10387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Once you mentally prepare yourself over EYEWTKAS and remind yourself it was written by some straight edge kids then it’s not so shocking

ieatbabies795
March 8th 2021


796 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

“This is my second review on this site, a while after the first. Just like the first review...”

Uh I don’t think you should start your reviews like this, it’s irrelevant to your take on the album and you should save it for the comments instead

In your first real paragraph you talk about discovering glassjaw but you should go into detail as to why their music kept you coming back despite the music not being the most appealing on first listen.

Then the 2nd part of your review was suppose to talk about Coloring Book itself. I think you should try to think of ways to describe what’s going on musically further, and talk about what’s different compared to other releases (which can be a little tough, I still don’t know what fucking genre this is).

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Feather
March 8th 2021


6669 Comments


Wondering if this got a new review because it was finally added to Spotify haha

decisions
March 8th 2021


771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is finally on streaming services? Thought I'd never see the day...



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