It's never easy to follow up a super-successful debut, and on their sophomore effort, 90s-lovin' indie rockers Yuck face the extra challenge of doing it without the voice behind their woozy, lackadaisical sound. (Lead vocalist Daniel Blumberg left the band earlier this year to pursue a solo project.) Luckily, the pared-down group cope just fine as a trio.
Setting the stage with an instrumental opening track lush with circuitous guitar lines and horn flourishes, the album is a mature step for the British band. Frontman Max Bloom sounds less affected and angst-ridden than Blumberg ever did, which matches Yuck's new cleaned-up sound. (Not too clean, though: wah-wah and reverb pedals are still major players.) Although it's not as immediately catchy as their debut (but, hey, we're almost saturated when it comes to revivalist bands), Glow & Behold proves they've got chops for a lengthy career.
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