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Fucked Up's 'Chemistry Of Common Life' (2008 and 'David Comes To Life' (2011) were as conceptually ambitious as any rock albums in recent memory ; 'Glass Boys' while a more personal work in terms of subject matter, is the result of 13 months spent in a succession of U.S. and Canadian studios with the assistance of Bill Skibbe and Leon Taheny. But while we're tempted to make a very big deal about how amazing the recording is (the guitar trio of Mike Haliechuk, Ben Cook, and Josh Zucker have delivered their most powerful and multi-dimensional performances to date), the real story's in the songs : with vocalist Damian Abraham leaving-it-all-on-the-floor (apologies for the sports analogy), Fucked Up are tackling tougher questions about themselves, their lives and where this is all going. 'Glass Boys' is a blazing, titanic, ultimately triumphant rock album...a heart-expanding, life-affirming piece of work.
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