Later ... When The TV Turns To Static
James Allan says Glasvegas's third album is more "human" than its predecessor. By this he means it was recorded with the full band in shorter takes than had been the case on Euphoric ///Heartbreak\\\ when the drum parts, for example, had been pre-programmed or built up, layer by layer, as he and his guitarist cousin Rab Allan had banged this and crashed that for days on end.
The introduction of Swedish drummer Jonna Lofgren into the recording mix certainly gives Glasvegas's new soundscapes more scope, but there's more going on here than just that. Vocally, Allan now sounds more emotionally exposed than ever when locked into the raw dramas of his character-driven lyrics.
On Secret Truth, the softer guitar part, break-the-mould chord structures and richer arrangements reveal Allan's giant leap forward as both composer and producer, while the stripped-back accompaniment on Choices finally makes the piano a more viable instrument in his musical arsenal.
Only in its final third does Later ... revert to a rather conventional Glasvegas model. But by then the point has been proved and the battle won: Euphoric ///Heartbreak\\\ didn't deliver as a follow-up to their Mercury-nominated debut, but such disappointments have not knocked Glasvegas off course.