the first glass beach album

Glass Beach - the first glass beach album
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Based on 518 ratings
2019 Ratings: #68
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The Needle Drop

Despite some rough edges, glass beach's debut is one of the most creative efforts in emo and power pop this decade.

A polished, well thought-out indie rock album. Not something that you see all too often these days. I wasn't blown away, but I did feel like I was breathing clean air for the first time after living in Beijing for 6 months or something. Reminds me of Fang Island too.
I want to live in that album cover! Also, 25TH RATING WOO!

So lately, I've been seeing Glass Beach surfing around the web, from my Twitter feed to AOTY to Buffalo Staple's review on YT. There just seems to be a lot of discussion about this online, and seeing how it surprisingly has under 25 ratings, I decided to finally check this out! I have no idea who these people are, but I totally did not expect to hear something like this!

As an album experience, this was pretty refreshing! There are a ... read more
Mr. Bungle for Indie kids.

Faced with the virtuosity of artists in full turmoil, two reactions: a visceral tension, originating in a kind of vaguely jealous contempt for so much talent, or a much more serene desire to open wide the eardrums so as not to miss anything of this prodigious sound. There is a fine line between the two. And that's how the Americans from Glass Beach remain deeply endearing despite their sickly tendency to want to be thirty bands at the same time.

It's as if the songs ... read more
AJR disapoints me. With their song palette and ideas they could have been one of my favorite artists, but they have nothing to talk about, so they talk about stupid vapid shit. Irrelevant Pylosophys about sex and age. If only there was someone out there who knew exactly what to say. What exactly could strike my soul...

Glass Beach makes something that shouldn't exist. There's no possible way for it to exist. It's too immaculate to deserve existsance. The way an album has the ability to juggle ... read more
The amount of genre-bending that ‘glass beach’ exhibit on their debut is rarely replicated elsewhere. This particular album sounds like if Joji had a Queen influence and went pop-punk.

The highlight for me are the sweet and nostalgic chord progressions that are implemented on tracks such as ‘classic j dies and goes to hell pt. 1’ and ‘orchids’, which exquisitely bookend the project. This was a major surprise, and ... read more
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#22/The Alternative
#23/Obscure Sound

Track List

  1. classic j dies and goes to hell, Pt. 1
  2. Bedroom Community
  3. (Forever?????????)
  4. Bone Skull
  5. Neon Glow
  6. Cold Weather
  7. Calico
  8. Glass Beach
  9. (Blood Rivers)
  10. Dallas
  11. (Rat Castle)
  12. Planetarium
  13. Soft!!!!!!
  14. Yoshi's Island
  15. Orchids
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Added on: June 27, 2019