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Glyder - 'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' Hot
Written by Central Electronic Brain     September 14, 2010    
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One of the best ‘classic rock' albums you are liable to hear this or any other year.

Glyder’s self titled debut release was a cracking blend of the influences that weigh heavy on Irish rock bands, with Thin Lizzy and Rory Gallagher often being brought to mind. However even at that stage there were other influences in evidence, with a mixture of many classic rock bands being heard in their sound. Follow up album ‘Playground For Life’ was an altogether darker affair both musically and lyrically but most importantly it still rocked like hell. So two years on from ‘PFL’, Glyder have unleashed what is undoubtedly their best album. As with all their output ‘Yesterday Today and Tomorrow’ is crammed with gritty hard hitting guitar work courtesy of Bat Kinane and Pete Fisher alongside fantastic grooves from drummer Davy Ryan and bassist Tony Cullen. The vocals are also handled by Cullen and it has to be said that he possesses one of the strongest voices you are liable to hear, his phrasing reminds of the late great Phil Lynott without him ever feeling the need to ape the Thin Lizzy legend. Those Lizzy comparisons have followed Glyder right from the outset of the band and while there is a strong flavour of their countrymen in much of what ‘YT&T’ stands for, once you become well acquainted with the thirteen tracks on this album you will have no doubt that they do in fact sound like Glyder.

The opening trio of ‘That Line’, ‘Knockout’ and ‘Jack Strong’, is as potent a beginning as any album you’ll hear this year. The first of these slowly builds from atmospheric keyboards (from John Mulrooney) before the guitars kick in and Cullen’s throaty yowl leaves you captivated by the assured class of the melody. ‘Knockout’ has the kind of guitar line and delivery that many bands would kill for and the wonderful lyric about Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s ‘Rumble In The Jungle’ is perfectly illustrated in the ducking, dive and jabbing uppercut of the riff. A keyboard pulse that strongly reminds of Jethro Tull’s ‘Steel Monkey’ then introduces ‘Jack Strong’ which is the story of a quiet man who has the capability to put a tough guy in his place, which perfectly Illustrates the music and vibe of the whole album. Glyder’s music doesn’t feel the need to be abrasive or needlessly aggressive, however the understated but unquestionable confidence is what makes ‘Yesterday Today and Tomorrow’ the force that it is. Ryan’s first writing credit for the band is heard on ‘Innocent Eyes’ and the only concern is that it has taken him to the third album to contribute as the track has a great lyric and wonderful U2 style melody. Then the staccato riff of ‘Make A Change’ and the glorious marriage of power and subtlety that flow from verse to chorus in ‘One Of Us’ illustrate the subtle diversity of this disc perfectly. The title track is infused with a mid paced blues lick and a fantastic guest solo from Y&T guitarist Dave Meniketti, where his trademark sounds lifts an already impressive song.

The closing three numbers on the disc are listed as bonus tracks and the more overtly keyboard approach and progressive themes are definitely a departure from the other songs. However once you get over that surprise ‘Time To Fly’, ‘All You’ve Done’ and the beautiful short outro of ‘Elverstown’ make for a wonderful diverse ending to a wonderfully crafted album. All of the songs on ‘YT&T’ have been expertly arranged and as all the best albums do, the longer you live with it, the more delights it reveals. In ‘Yesterday Today and Tomorrow’ Glyder have recorded one of the best ‘classic rock’ albums you are liable to hear this or any other year and anyone who loves this style of music really needs to add it to their collection.

Steven Reid

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