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Genre: Pop / Artist: Glitterati / Audio CD released 2005-04-25 at Atlantic

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      04.08.2009 15:26
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      Would like to hear more of this band and hope they lose the pop tracks

      The Gliterrati are a hard rock glam band with a poppy edge from Leeds that can be likened to Guns N Roses without the obnoxious whiney frontman but also without the same catchy lyrics. This album in fact was produced by the producer they use: Mike Clink.

      The lead guitar playing is enjoyable, the drumming is pretty rowdy and in your face and overall the band can rock out some fairly decent stuff. They do have tinges of indie from the 90s with "Back in Power" sounding ever so slightly like a more glam rock version of Manic Street Preachers. I personally find that one a bit whiney and the lyrics do nothing for me but others may digress.

      Songs like "Betterman", "You Got Nothing On Me" and "Heartbreaker" are the heavier tracks on the album with the loosest guitar playing and the least whiney vocals, Betterman in particular has a slight punk feeling to it and really quite a lot of balls.

      Keep Me Up All Night isn't quite in the same vain as the rest of the album and the total opposite to "Betterman", it's more of a pianoish ballad that sounds like a limp version of Oasis. The vocalist in fact has quite a similar voice to Liam Gallagher, it has the same sort of sneer but it's a bit ore glammy and loose.

      1 Betterman
      2 You Got Nothing On Me
      3 Heartbreaker
      4 Back In Power
      5 Do You Love Yourself?
      6 Don't Do Romance
      7 First Floor
      8 You Need You
      9 Still Thinking About You
      10 Here Comes A Close Up
      11 Keep Me Up All Night

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      10.02.2009 15:00
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      A decent enough album, produced by Mike Clink, just not that raw

      The Glitterati are a heavy rock band from Leeds who have never really seemed to have attained a sufficient amount of recognition for their efforts. I first heard of The Glitterati when they were featured in a very small article in my local Newspaper in 2005, which quite heavily compared them to classic heavy rock band, Guns 'n' Roses.

      Seeing as this record was produced by Mike Clink, who also produced several Guns 'n' Roses albums, it seems that the Guns sound and style was aimed for throughout the production of this album. However, The Glitterati will never be able to stand up to the impressive nature, performance and structure of Appetite For Destruction.

      The songs on The Glitterati's self-titled album are much less aggressive and offensive in nature than most of the Guns 'n' Roses songs that they seem to be trying so hard to emulate though. Instead, The Glitterati seem to retain that classic rock style incorporating a lot of classic rock 'n' roll influence, but whilst attaining the heavy and powerful nature of heavily distorted guitars. Indeed, take away the distortion and you would probably be left with an album that sounds like it's from the seventies.

      However, this is one album where tracks like Betterman, You Got Nothing On Me and Still Thinking About You are full of upbeat tempo's, fast paced pounding drum beats and catchy rhythm guitar riffs, that are all something to be admired. Back In Power and Don't Do Romance tone things down a little to provide some variety and have a softer edge to them while songs like Heartbreaker, First Floor and Keep Me Up All Night shift back into a more classic rock sounding mode which indicates the roots of their influences in quite a strong way.

      By all means, this is a decent heavy rock album, released in a time when there wasn't anywhere near enough of this sort of music about and at the time of it's released, it provided quite a fresh listen for rock fans. But if you are a Guns 'n' Roses fan and hoping to find the raw energy and attitude that they once had in this album, then you're going to be disappointed. There is no swearing here and overall you can't help getting a little taste of that teddy boy flavour at regular intervals throughout the album.

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      19.12.2006 16:35
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      Something for the weekend, if you like a bit of guitar music that is!

      The Glitterati, are in essence, a Guns n' Roses band from Leeds… end of. Although to the best of my knowledge, the lead singer isn't a pretentious little so and so! Hailing from Leeds, this hard rock band released their debut self-titled album in April 2005, produced by Mike Clink, who had previously worked with G n' R and Metallica.

      After buying the album on the basis of just two songs - "You Got Nothing On Me" and "Heartbreaker", it was a bit of a gamble, but thankfully it's paid off. Opening track "Betterman" certainly encapsulates the hard rock genre - eerily similar to Velvet Revolver's current style it must be said.

      Former single "You Got Nothing On Me" follows next and is certainly a must-download-track for anyone out there who's possibly curious about the band and have never heard anything by them. It's fast tempo and almost addictive lead guitaring is essential for this style of rock music. Front man Paul Gautrey's vocal style compliments the music fine as well, never being too harsh, or as fluctuating as, say, Axl Rose.

      The following tracks all show no sign of the quality or consistency of the album dropping - "Heartbreaker", "Back In Power" and "Do You Love Yourself?" are all worth their weight in musical gold. The latter is certainly a 'grower' of a track if anything. It's catchy verses which burst into a heavy chorus are something that I'm a massive fan of.

      Then track six breaks things down for a moment. "Don't Do Romance" is the 'quiet' one if you will. On first impressions, although the comparison is extremely different, it sounds along the lines of bands like the Postal Service or Death Cab For Cutie - relaxed, yet with an contagious melody. It does develop it's own style, but it's somewhat bizarre that I've made the comparison with these bands. (Of course, those unaware of them, will have no idea of what they sound like, so it may not help!!)

      Unfortunately, like with many albums on this style, it begins to sound very "samey" after a while, at least that's my though on the matter. Band's like Slash's Snakepit or the Datsuns are two that spring to mind that I've brought their album and once I get to around tracks 8 and 9, it starts to become a labourious listen. Now don't take anything away from the credit I've given previously, maybe it's just that I have a short attention span - some people may love the fact that it's all too similar!!

      That's why then the album can't get 5 stars in my eyes. I always like to be as generous as feasibly possible, and I think I am in this case. I picked my copy up off Amazon for just under £4 in the used section - which is a bargain to be fair!

      So, for those who like an electric guitar in their music, this is for you. It's not the style of music that can be dubbed "hairspray" rock that drifted around in the late 80's, but instead "hard rock" is meant to be the definition nowadays. Think Guns n' Roses, just turned down a notch…it'll do nicely for me.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Betterman
      2 You Got Nothing On Me
      3 Heartbreaker
      4 Back In Power
      5 Do You Love Yourself?
      6 Don’t Do Romance
      7 First Floor
      8 You Need You
      9 Still Thinking About You
      10 Here Comes A Close Up
      11 Keep Me Up All Night