Tuesday, March 6, 2012

CD Review: Glossary - Long Live All Of Us

Note: This review originally appeared in the Illinois Entertainer.

People who need to categorize bands could spend a lot of time pondering Glossary. The Tennessee-based quintet glides through multiple genres on its optimistically titled seventh release, sometimes using a few within the same song. Throughout Long Live All Of Us, lead vocalist-guitarist Joey Kneiser’s rough hewn delivery brings an authentic feel to heartfelt lyrics about surviving hard times, while pedal steel guitarist Todd Beene and percussionist Kelly Kneiser provide spirited harmonies.

The soulful rock of “A Shoulder To Cry On” gets a boost from guest horn players Jim Spake and Nahshon I. Benford, while “The Flood” is an energetic love song that melds Graham Parker with Del Amitri. “Nothing Can Keep Me Away” may be an obvious homage to The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” but it’s still successful. Joey Kneiser conveys the touching sentiments of the Country & Western ballad, “Under A Barking Moon” but is just as convincing while celebrating the wild fun of his younger days on the more power pop oriented “When We Were Wicked.”

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