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Glossary: For What I Don’t Become

One of Murfreesboro’s finest, Glossary, is back again with their fourth album, For What I Don’t Become.

Full of solid musicianship, and strong songwriting by Joey Kneiser, this alternative country/rock album is impressive and may be their best effort yet. Reminiscent of bands like Drive-By Truckers, Steve Earle and Sun Volt, Glossary blends their alt-country/rock style with some punk bravado, putting them near the top of their game.

There is nothing particularly flashy or extravagant about the album?it just goes straight ahead, never letting go, and just keeps on moving smoothly from song to song. The music is not completely original, but how this band actually puts their music together is original. There are no tricks with this band, and no gimmicks?they just play what they feel.

Engineered at The Echo Lab by Matt Pence, the overall production of the album is well-orchestrated, allowing a very live feel but not compromising the quality of sound. The band does not allow gaps within their steady rhythm, letting the guitars rip when needed, yet allowing space for the percussion and bass to groove. Kneiser’s scratchy, soulful voice never overlaps the melody, but just adds dimension and depth.

Every part of the music seems to have a purpose, and every note seems to have been laid out strategically for the audience to be invited in, to take a breath, and to sit back and enjoy.

From upbeat tunes such as “Poor Boy” and “Shaking Like a Flame” to songs about past youth and restlessness like “Days Go By,” Glossary has put forward something totally honest and even brave, identifying with their listeners that have also looked back at their troubled past, but want to look ahead to the possibility of a bright future.

The music of Glossary has matured over the years, and has become more powerful and passionate. Their style and expression has finally evolved into something they can call their own, and their discipline and persistence has helped them achieve a true focus. Glossary has done more than put together a few songs and put them on an album. It seems that the band has put their heart and soul into this work, making the music personable and identifiable, capturing the meaning of youth and restlessness in the South.

For What I Don’t Become is well worth listening to and should be played driving at night with the windows down as the music takes you back to the ole’ days of reckless abandonment and relationships of the past. It will make you feel that even though you may miss old times and friends, the road ahead is full of promise and hope.

Comments welcome at jeffrussellmusic@yahoo.com.

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