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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: Kids In Glass Houses / Audio CD released 2008-05-26 at Roadrunner

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      15.04.2012 00:00

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      fun catchy summer pop rock songs!

      the first full length album from the cardiff five piece, recorded at longwave studios over the space of 5 weeks in the summer of 2007. the album features vocals from aled phillips. guitars by joel fisher & iain mahanty. philip jenkins plays all the percussion on the album and the bass is left in the very capable hands of bassist andrew sheehy. produced by romesh dodangoda and engineered by rob thomas.

      the band released 3 full singles from the album "give me what i want" "saturday" and "easy tiger" they also released a video for "dance all night" however this was never a full single.

      this album is often considered by fans as their best work and definitely helped gain the band a great deal of media coverage from the likes of kerrang! MTV & NME to name but a few.

      this album is a staple for anyone who considers themselves a kids in glass houses fan. blending big catchy pop choruses with raw energetic guitars and hard hitting riffs i would recommend this to everyone!

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      12.06.2010 13:00
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      buy it!

      After hearing Give Me What I Want on the radio i did something i very rarely do and bought this album without hearing the other songs. It turns out that it was an excellent decision as the debut album from Kids In Glass Houses is just brilliant.

      It's very rare that i get an album i enjoy listening to the whole way through. Certain songs will stand out and i'll usually enjoy them all but on repeat listens i may skip certain songs that i'm just not in the mood for. This album is one of the rare ones that i can hear all the way through and love every one of them. Fisticuffs is a great strong opening to the album and all the songs that follow are just as catchy.

      They have just released their second album which i have just purchased from itunes, i can't say if it is better or not but the vibe so far is great. If you've heard the new single on the radio and liked it then do yourself a favour and buy this album.

      Can't wait to see them at the Leeds Festival this year!!

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        16.02.2010 12:27
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        Listen to Church Tongue!

        The debut from Kids In Glass Houses is a great album for the Summer, I love it. Lots of happy, pop punk songs, all very well written with great vocals from Aled Jones and upbeat melodic guitar

        1. Fisticuffs

        This is the heaviest song on the album, with a slightly different guitar sound to the rest of the songs on the album. A good intro, and a pretty good chorus. It's a good song, but it's not the best on the album, so if you haven't heard of Kids In Glass Houses before, this may not be the song to listen to to get you into them

        2. Easy Tiger

        A much softer and pop-ish guitar sound, but not too much put me off the album. It still has a good riff, and better vocals than the last song. If you don't like too heavy music, this may be the one for you.

        3. Give Me What I Want (Me, Me, Me)

        A brilliant riff from the beginning makes this possibly the most popular song, and one of my favourites. The guitar sound in the chorus is amazing.

        4. Saturday

        The first single on the album and possibly one of the best choruses, but the verse is slightly boring, and it takes a while to get into it. So if you're going to listen to this one, skip the intro, because the chorus is still great

        5. Lovely Bones

        Again, takes a while to get into, not the best intro a song ever, but the guitar sound afterwards is pretty good, although this is not my favourite song.

        6. Shameless

        A nice upbeat song, although a little bit boring because it seems to be almost the same throughout the song, and doesn't captivate me like the other songs, although everyone has different tastes, and my friend says this is one of their favourites, so you may like it.

        7. Girls

        Another one of my favourites, with a brilliant riff, and pretty good vocals again. The chorus, once again, is pretty brilliant, but it sounds a little bit similar to some of the rest of the songs

        8. Good Boys Gone Rad

        What makes this song is the fact that it's slightly different to the rest of them, so it's not boring, and the vocals are much better. The notes are held longer, and the lyrics are good too. Although the guitars and drums are nothing special, it's still a good song

        9. Dance All Night

        Another pop-ish, slower one, with a similar riff to a couple of the other songs, so it's not the best. It's perhaps one of the slowest on the album, so it's a little bit boring, but the high notes are hit well by Jones

        10. Pillow Talk

        I like this one. Although it's slow, it's done better than the last song, and it's pretty good to chill out too. It's nothing special but for some reason I quite like it

        11. Raise Hell

        A slightly more upbeat version of the last song, with good vocals and quite good drumming and catchy guitar

        12. Church Tongue

        This might be my favourite song. The intro is amazing with fantastic guitar and great backing vocals. In the verse, the lead guitar is brilliant, so you don't lose interest there, then the chorus comes in which is awesome too. The lyrics are great and well sung, and the backing vocals are still really good. The guitar is good throughout, and the drumming is good too. I'd recommend this one, and I don't see why it hasn't been released as a single. A great song. Towards the end of the song there's a change in guitar style a little, which is also amazing.

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        07.09.2009 21:41
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        Brilliant album, well worth a listen

        Kids In Glass Houses have become one of my favourite punk bands lately, I'm always on the lookout for new punk bands and artists so I was more than happy to have a listen when a friend leant me this album! I have somewhat of a loathing for mainstream artists who call themseves 'punk' when all they really are is dressed up boy/girl bands who sing (mime) cheesey pop, so I was glad that I hadn't heard of Kids In Glass Houses when I was told about them!I think that this band leans more towards the 'emo' genre rather than punk but there are definitely elements of punk here an there. If you like bands like Death Cab For Cutie, Cute Is What We Aim For or Hawthorne Heights then this album is probably worth checking out because they all share similarities.

        The first song that really jumped out at me was the opening track; 'Fisticuffs'. Just the title made me want to listen. It gave me the impression of something for the mosh pit, I'm not sure why but that was just what I was expecting. Compared to the majority of the rest of this album, Fisticuffs is quite heavy. It's not one of those horrible screamo songs but the music itself sounds quite heavy. The first five to ten seconds of this song reminded me of Lostprophets-Every Day Combat which really put me off but the rest doesn't sound much like it thankfully!

        The next track that I love is one that I'm completely addicted to! It's a track called 'Give Me What I Want'. The opening riff gets me everytime, it's nothing complicated it's just an awesome riff. This song is more pop-rock than the first that I mentioned but it's so catchy that I can't fail to love it. The chorus is brilliant too, and as well as that the lyrics are really well written so that every word sticks in the back of your mind. There's something about the lead vocalists voice that's almost hypnotizing, it's crazy but in a good way.

        Another favorite of mine from this album is a track towards the end of the album called 'Dance All Night'. Again, this is another pop style song but it has more of the punk rock edge that is projected in the first track. The lyrics are consistanly brilliant throughout the whole album which is pretty rare with modern music so that just adds to the high quality of this album.

        Tracklist

        1. Fisticuffs
        2. Easy Tiger
        3. Give Me What I Want
        4. Saturday
        5. Lovely Bones
        6. Shameless
        7. Girls
        8. Good Boys Gone Rad
        9. Dance All Night
        10. Pillow Talk
        11. Raise Hell
        12. Church Tongue

        Overall, an extremely high quality album from a band that I think will go really far. If you haven't heard of these guys yet I'd definitely recommend giving them a chance, well worth a listen.

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          31.05.2009 02:39
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          Sit in the sun with a cold drink in one hand and KIGH on the ipod in the other

          My friend originally introduced me To Kids In Glass Houses, convinced i would love the music....and she was right.

          I watched them support Cute is What We Aim For at Leeds Cockpit, which made me want to buy their E.P, and then a year or so later they released their album Smart Casual and now have sell- out tours and a giant fan base!!!

          All of the songs are catchy, upbeat and the vocals have a slight welsh twang to them. I would find it impossible to pick a favourite song as I love them all, it is a perfect summer album to sit in the garden and have a sing song to.

          They have now released several songs from the album and the videos to go alongside are well worth a watch, i recommend Saturday as the video is imaginative and the song is catchy and will have u humming the chorus for the rest of the day.

          Also worth a mention that they are amazing live, having seen them over 5 times in the past few years I can honestly say they get better every time!

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Fisticuffs
          2 Easy Tiger
          3 Give Me What I Want
          4 Saturday
          5 Lovely Bones
          6 Shameless
          7 Girls
          8 Good Boys Gone Rad
          9 Dance All Night
          10 Pillow Talk
          11 Raise Hell
          12 Church Tongue