This album starts with Forget, a very uptempo, shouting-like track. A pounding drum beat and heavy guitar playing give this song a prominent drive forward and the vocals work as an exclamation. This song is a statement.
The album continues in the same fashion. Even more than in the opener, there’s a clear expression of emotion in this song. The emotion that is expressed, clearly is anger, but also hints of disbelief, arrogance and confusion are put in the mix. Tom Glenne brings out all these emotions in a potpourri of what you might call intelligent screamo.
Sorry has a bit more of an alternative rock/grunge vibe to it. Or at least, it does early in the song. Later on, the song gets more experimental and at times even kind of ‘minimal’. The volume’s turned down and a certain feeling is created. Then the last part of the song has a nu-metal feel (KoRn/Our Lady Peace) to it. And already I feel bad for that comparison, because it’s not fair. But it does give you an idea of what direction I was going with the feel.
Lots of Ideas
This song might be one of my favorites on this album. Took me a couple listens to get into Lots of Ideas but musically it is very well-constructed and Tom Glenne mixes several styles in this song into something that is its own style.
The ‘pushing-forward’ song Shantytown is quite alternative and experimental and the darker vocal sound has hints of some classic rock acts from the early 70s. With some influences from blues-rock as well, this song has more to it than you might hear the first time you listen to it.
You Were Meant To Save Me
The next song is much lighter, and it works as rays of sunlight between the clouds. Where this album is generally dark, this song is light. Not necessarily the message it speaks, but the sound is different with its acoustic guitar melody and soulful vocals.
Call Screen is a personal favorite again. This is classic rock, just not from a couple decades ago, but from the mid-90s. So if you’re into classic rock, or you just like great music, I know you’ll appreciate this song.
The first time I listened to Dough I was thinking: ‘This is weird, but I like it’. I haven’t been able to shake that feeling. I think in its weirdness, this song actually shines. It’s just not an ordinary song and that speaks for Tom Glenne.
You’re Wrong To Feel Guilty For What You Feel
YWTFGFWYF is an interesting song, but personally it’s my least favorite on the CD. When Tom’s singing the track’s title, that’s a great sing/shout along moment in this song, and I don’t have anything bad to say about the song really, but it doesn’t provide me with as much excitement as the other tracks do.
I am constantly reminded of the snooker player Joe Perry, but that mental picture and this song don’t seem to fit together. At least not for me. What might be the common denominator is that both are good. Joe Perry is an excellent snooker player, and Joe Perry is an excellent song. Like a British playwright once said: “what’s in a name?”
Even though Stay Down is less than 3 minutes it kind of is a massive song. It gives you a lot of impressions, and in my opinion maybe too many at times. It’s a bit too overwhelming here and there, and I think that’s why I’m not getting into it completely. It’s a good one, but maybe too complex for us ordinary human beings.
On You’ll Live there’s a very free rhythm blues influence going on, that is slowed down and smeared out and then picked up by a nice little riff. This goes throughout the song. And while I know many aren’t going to be able to appreciate this song, it is actually one of the better arrangements on the album. Commercially it’s not very interesting, but this is intellectual music and if you give it a chance, it really works.
The melancholic album closer, Cradle is a brilliant note to end the record with. I get a slight, a very slight Radiohead vibe from it. Even though this might be even gutsier. And then in the end the volume is crancked up and there’s a great climax to this song.
the Tom Glenne 5.5 debuts with a clever album that shows there’s a talent for music, and an intellect for music. This combined with the energy and passion that is still present in this well-crafted album, leaves me to only one conclusion. the Tom Glenne 5.5 is not only underrated, but very promising and refreshing!