Fantastic. The only way I can begin this review is with a superlative - but then it's not every day you come across a song of this stature, and one that is surely (crystal ball being right, of course) destined for a full release on a major in the not too distant future.
Glasgow-based *Glasvegas *could be accused of being derivative - their MySpace describes them as 'Experimental/Surf/Pop' - and throughout_ 'Daddy's Gone' _there is a distinctly retro feel. It's essentially a ‘50s-tinged heartfelt ode to coping with the difficulty of the break-up of a family, with production that surely Phil Spector would be proud of.
Lyrically, it is very overt: “I won't be the lonely one sitting on my own and sad / A 50 year old reminiscing what I had”. This is typical of singer James Allan's sincere content, made all the more real by a sparse bassline, “ya ya ya ya” backing vocals and a clever arrangement. Somehow it just works.
There's not much out there right now to compare ‘Daddy’s Gone’ with, and I certainly can't name too many bands tackling such issues so openly (without sounding cheesy) in recent years, especially in a doo-wop style. The 'feel' of the song, coupled with the band's unassailable strength with melody, really makes this standout as one of the breakthrough tracks of the year.
9Andrew Farley's Score