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The Glass
Couples Therapy
Plant Music

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 17, 2007
This is an odd session of therapy. On their debut EP, The Glass pound out seven tracks of mostly mesmerizing synth pop and dance-punk that will certainly draw comparisons to the catalogue of Omaha, Nebraska's The Faint. Known in New York City for their vivacious live performances, the group consists of Glen Brady and Dominque Keegan, with Graham Finn taking on bass duties during live shows. Prior to releasing Couples Therapy, The Glass's production had been limited to two 12-inch vinyl efforts for the Fine Records imprint. Couples Therapy is a worthy debut into the digital format and, at times, it is a hell of a lot of fun, a glimpse into the world of possibilities for this talented duo.

Like much of The Faint's work, especially from the Blank-Wave Arcade-era, The Glass meshes the seemingly diametrically opposed sounds of dance and techno with the crunching guitars and driving bass lines that provide Couples Therapy it's gritty, urban, underground atmosphere. Various synthesized voices from keyboards and processed vocals meander throughout the seven tracks, adding warmth and confusion to combat the grating, metronomic guitars.

Couples Therapy opens with the completely danceable, heavy disco beats of "Mad At You," the record's best cut, before gliding into the slower, seductive "Green Leaves." The dark "Come Alive" is a pulsing rush of keyboards and sound effects that pushes the listener's mind into an altered state of consciousness. "Try Some More," with its slowed tempo, redundant two-chord riff, lazy melody, and tired lyrics, is mildly disappointing, but the record finishes strong with the piano-and-bass-driven darkness of "iWonder," which features wonderful cries from strings during its tragic dénouement.

The Glass's influences are obvious - there are shades of New Order, Everything But The Girl, David Bowie, and even Iggy Pop crawling throughout these seven tracks. Couples Therapy is an ambitious debut and The Glass certainly exhibit talent, though they've not yet reached Faintian levels. The album succeeds most unquestionably when The Glass turn up the tempo and energy, while their slower and more moody pieces fall short of earning the EP an 8+ rating. That said, several of the release's scandalously few tracks - most notably "Mad At You" - have the potential to be dance floor staples this fall.

At times an exhilarating experience that will move you to join the crowds of pulsating bodies and colored lights at the local discothèque, Couples Therapy shouldn't be expected to solve any serious psychoanalytic problems. For that you'll need more than a mere thirty minutes on the dance floor with the hypnotic sounds of The Glass around you. Just hold out for a full-length.

Reviewed by Eric J. Morgan
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Eric J. Morgan is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Colorado. He has an orange cat named Nelson and longs for the day when men and women will again dress in three-piece suits and pretty dresses to indulge in three-martini lunches and afternoon affairs.

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