On her third studio album, Jody Glenham has delivered a complicated body of beautiful work that rises above the average listening session. Her songs make you question life and on any given day can hold different meanings to the listener, depending on their mood. Appropriately titled Mood Rock the varying approaches this album takes is both confusing and thrilling all in one.
The album begins on a high note with Glenham giving fans an uplifting, melodic and guitar driven track “Barely Alive.” The song’s subtle beginning builds up to something more powerful and releases a sense of euphoria by the song’s end. Lyrically, “barley alive, but still complete,” sets the tone for the rest of the album providing a sense of perseverance throughout the songs.
Immediately following the album’s electric beginning is another forceful contribution addressing past memories of mental health. “Talking Out Loud” seems heavily inspired by the likes of Patti Smith with a sprinkle of mid-80’s synthesizers and electro-pop sounds. The combination works and continues Glenham’s striking entrance into Mood Rock.
Sonically, the entire album follows along a simple pattern of contrasting vocals to guitars. Glenham’s soft and eclectic voice is consistently paired with heavier guitars and large instrumentation, but the connection between the two works well. The songs have been mixed well enough to allow space for Glenham’s gentle voice to still transcend the orchestral like instrumentation on some of her songs. Prominent examples of this can be heard on the album’s midsection on tracks like “Friday Night Lights,” and “War on This World.”
To begin the album’s complicated conclusion, Glenham gives listeners “The Sound.” Fans are treated to a series of interconnected guitar licks and riffs that give this song the many layers that it deserves. “The Sound” is a mix of 70s desert rock paired with the the style of music your grandparents slow-danced to at their prom. Fans are again treated to a large finish that has become common with Glenham’s style and the songs on this album.
With Mood Rock being eight songs long, listeners arrive to the album’s finale quickly. While some tend to criticize full length albums that are less than ten songs long, it clearly works for Mood Rock. Glenham’s story on this record is concise yet deep and doesn’t waste time with filler tracks.
Mood Rock ends with “Fuckers,” a dreamy finale that ends with a cliff hanger. Has Glenham made peace with her decisions or is she searching for more? It can be interpreted both ways but the uncertainty of it all is exciting. Thhis album is a swinging pendulum of emotions and sets up perfectly for more music to come from Jody Glenham in the future.
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