Title - 'Long Way Down' (Glass House Music)
Artist - Glass House
If you don't know anything about the duo Glass House, or have never heard any of their previously-released music, well, you have missed out on something very special, trust me.
Glass House - which features David Worm (best known for his work with Bobby McFerrin) on vocals and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Mark Vickness - released its third album Long Way Down late last year to great acclaim.
This incredible, truly wonderful new album begins with the storytelling of love within ‘Build A Bridge,’ and backs it up with some acoustic guitar work and violin (from Mads Tolling) on the Celtic-inspired ‘Waiting For You.’ Worm’s vocals combined with Vickness’ guitar work and backing vocals; and bass from Jon Evans all work in perfect harmony with each other. Let alone the addition of the Turtle Island String Quartet on most all the tracks also.
Next up is the plucky track ‘Turn Away,’ a song that vibrates off the rails with such vibrant, fresh violin work (again) from Tolling. Worm’s vocal tones are perfectly spot on, the drum work of a trio of suspects - Scott Amendola, MB Gordy and Alan Hall - becomes its very own backbone sooner rather than later. An unexpected Robbie Robertson cover of ‘Broken Arrow’ is next. A gentle reinvention of the song, Worm makes sure he captures each lyric as if it were he that wrote it.
The tempered title track ‘Long Way Down’ is a cautionary tale, but not the best track on the album; for my money. Somewhat of a stop-gap filler it allows Worm’s vocals to take center stage with the musicians firmly in the background. Much better is ‘Bring Me The Hammer,’ a track that involves most all associated with the album. A great track, a solid cut, this is what the new album is truly all about musically. Worm takes another bare vocal turn on ‘Thank You,’ a very beautiful tell-all reveal on what the head and the heart can feel for someone’s passing.
Closing the album out is the heartfelt ‘Where I Belong,’ backed by both the revealing ‘For Now’ and then finally the What If? scenarios captured within ‘Questions.’ Even taking a second and third listening, as was done, the album’s lyrical content is so deep, so fruitful, so rich. Sure at times Worm’s vocal tone resembles that of an aged Ed Robertson (re: BNL), but as much as all BNL songs are comedic in value, Glass House’s are anything but.
Also, please know that Glass House have again collaborated with violinist Mads Tolling and upright bassist Dan Feiszli to release the 'Blackbird' music video.
'Blackbird' was originally written in response to the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. When Nelson Mandela died.
Watch the video for it here: 'Blackbird' Video
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk