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Album Review. Seth Glier: Birds

Grammy nominated musician Seth Glier will be releasing his new record Birds, a follow up to If I Could Change One Thing, on August 25th. Glier captures the audiences attention from note one and never lets go, delivering songs of a political and personal nature that will resonate with his listeners.

On “Like I Do” Glier quietly and intimately singing “You say you wish met me/ that’s a real low blow,” and acknowledges that people will come and go out of ones life. The sparse verses build up to a fuller chorus that is the highlight of the tune. Glier states that it’s not like him to wish someone harm but then puts his heart on the line by expressing that he wants the person who hurt him to hurt too. Intense and melancholy, it strikes a chord with honest lyrics that open up a wound to the world and reveal the true nature of someone who is going to a breakup. Glier doesn’t seem to care if he seems like a bad guy here for wanting someone to feel what he went through. Instead one can see that is a therapeutic way for Glier to get all of his emotions out. Impeccably written and produced, strings always have a way of bringing out the best in a song, “Like I Do,” is one of the most memorable songs on the album.

Changing gears up a bit Glier takes “For What It’s Worth,” a song made popular in the 60s by Buffalo Springfield, and turns it into a slow bluegrass rock fusion with a heavy harmonica presence. Even today,especially today, the words that were written a few decades ago still resonate and that is one of the reasons this cover works so well. Glier is reminding us to look at what’s going down. It is different enough from the original to make it work for Glier’s musicality but it stays pretty true to the 60s melody that one who is familiar with the tune will be able to recognize that it is a cover. With a twang in his voice, this version seems a bit more gutted and stripped, letting lyrics like “there’s something happening here/what it is ain’t exactly clear” speak for itself. Talks of battle lines and young folks speaking their mind, prove that America still has a lot of work in front of them to change the current political climate. And Glier takes on the topic with a sense of urgency and importance.

“Hasn’t Hit Me Yet,” is another soft song that packs a huge emotional punch to the heart. “Let me hold it together/Cause I can’t except/I’ve never been in a world without you in it.” The chorus and verses flow together well into each other and when Glier sings that he’s fine it’s abundantly clear that he is not and he may actually be hanging by a thread. A perfect singer/songwriter song Glier brings all his emotions out in his vocals and instrumentation giving just enough for listeners to get a picture of what he went through. Another personal track that listeners will be able to identify with it’s another stellar moment on the album.

Strikingly painful and beautiful at the same time, be sure to listen to Birds when it is released.

Birds Track Listing:
1. Sunshine
2. Water On Fire
3. Birds
4. Just Because I Can
5. People Like Us
6. Like I Do
7. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
8. Too Much Water
9. Justice For All
10. Hasn’t Hit Me Yet
11. I’m Still Looking
Compositions - 8.7
Brekaing Ground - 8.4
Engagement - 8.7
Lyrical Voice - 8.7
Production - 8.6


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Seth Glier Tour Dates:

Sept 1-3 – Kerrville, TX – Kerrville Fall Festival
Sept 7 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts
Sept 10 – Spring Lake, MI – Courtyard Concerts
Sept 21 – Easton, MD – Avalon
Sept 22 – Bay Shore, NY – Boulton Center
Sept 24 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
Sept 29 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall Loft
Sept 30 – Concord, NH – Spotlight Cafe – Capitol Center For The Arts
Oct 13 – Rockland, ME – The Strand Theatre
Oct 15 – Rockville, MD – Focus Music
Oct 18 – Nashville, TN – The Country
Oct 19 – Winchester, VA – Sweet Nola’s
Oct 20 – Waynesboro, VA – Wayne Theatre
Oct 21 – Asheville, NC – Isis Music Hall
Oct 25 – Worthington, OH – Natalie’s
Oct 28 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music
Oct 29 – Marshfield, WI – Vox Concert Series
Nov 1 – Carbondale, CO – Steve’s Guitars
Nov 2 – Fort Collins, CO – Fort Collins Downtown Artery
Nov 3 – Denver, CO – Walnut Room
Nov 4 – Aspen, CO – Wheeler Opera House
Nov 5 – Pueblo, CO – Brues Alehouse Brewing Company
Nov 8 – Tulsa, OK – Woody Guthrie Center
Nov 9 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Blue Door
Nov 11 – Austin, TX – Cactus Café
Nov 12 – Houston, TX – Midtown Arts & Theatre Center
Nov 16 – Boston, MA – Club Passim
Nov 19 – Portland, ME – One Longfellow Square
Nov 25 – Pomfret, CT – Vanilla Bean Café
Nov 26 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Caffe Lena
Nov 29 – Lancaster, PA – Tellus 360
Nov 30 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
Dec 1 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
Dec 2 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
Dec 28 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
Jan 27 – Franklin, MA – Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
March 10 – Teaneck, NJ – Ethical Brew
March 23 – Marblehead, MA – Me & Thee Coffeehouse

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