Track Review: Glasvegas – I’d Rather Be Dead (Than Be With You)

by James Sloan
Taken from their third studio album ‘Later… When the TV Turns To Static’, Glasvegas will hope that this track will turn attention away from their below par second album, and instead remind fans of their self-titled debut LP.
The slow starting piano melody continues through the majority of the track. This reoccurring rhythm wouldn’t feel out of place as montage music to a sop story on the X-Factor or when a couple break up in a Rom Com.
However, soon the distinctly Scottish vocals of James Allan come to the fore and you know that this is undoubtedly a Glasvegas record. The difficulty to distinguish all of the lyrics at first will have fans playing the song over and over again.
A spoken verse in the middle of the song keeps the listener engaged prior to the chorus and the returning calls of the songs title (“I’d rather be dead than be with you”). The elongated “dead” is almost a trademark of Allan’s singing style and it is reminiscent of early hits such ‘Daddy’s Gone’, ‘Flowers and Football Tops’ and the timeless ‘Geraldine’. Released on 25th March, this tune is easy to listen to as you take in the smooth voice that compliments its partnering scaling piano piece.
After second album ‘Euphoric Heartbreak’ just scraped the UK Top 10, the Glasgow group will hope that their upcoming release will be received more like their Mercury Prize nominated debut album. This track may not surge through the UK charts, but it is a sign that the band are producing slower tracks like ‘It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry’ that filled ‘Glasvegas’.
Released: 25 March 2013
Label: Go Wow Records
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