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Gledhill - Constellations

Gledhill, Constellations

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

SHEFFIELD’S Gledhill are all about delivering anthemic power pop. By their own admission, their music is inspired by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Simple Minds, The Psychedelic Furs and U2.

And from the opening riffs of the towering Constellations, the formula is pretty much laid bare.

Driven by David Gledhill’s emotive vocals, the track is a self-consciously anthemic pop record loosely inspired by a French children’s book called A Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.

The book is about a little boy living on his own planet, whereas the song is about a lonely girl who is cold from the lack of love in her life. But then she realises she can escape her misery and finds hapiness.

It is this sort of hopeful passion that infuses the rest of the album – making a surefire success for anyone who likes their songs to be big, emotional and instrumentally layered.

Second track, Remain – a former single – kicks off with similarly epic riffs before dropping more of Gledhill’s brooding vocals. The track is autobiographical and focuses on two people whose love grows stronger through some very tragic and hard times.

It’s rousing chorus provides further evidence of what Gledhill are all about – finding hope from despair in the most uplifting way possible.

For the most part, the album succeeds in going about its business like the classic rock-pop albums it cites as influences.

But just occasionally it could do with breaking things up a little – for the worthiness becomes wearying at times.

Resurrect Me offers more of the same passion constructed around solid, cinematic melodies, while Electricity is a ballad that’s very much in the style of Embrace.

Good Times Ahead is deliberately reminiscent of classic U2 with some epic guitar work to drive it’s tale of hope along, while Tide Breaking is laced with some organ that hints, musically, at Keane.

Most of the tracks deal with bittersweet themes, ofsetting melancholy sentiments with hopeful melodies.

The result is an album that’s instrumentally very accomplished and as epic as Gledhill were doubtless hoping. But there’s also a sense of self-importance that dampens the overall impact somewhat.

It’s a good album; just not great.

Track listing:

  1. Constellations
  2. Remain
  3. Resurrect Me
  4. Roots
  5. Electricity
  6. Good Times Ahead
  7. If This Is The End
  8. Lovers
  9. Tide Breaking
  10. Where Were You
  11. There’s Always Tomorrow