Exposé Online banner

Through a Glass — Tragedy vs Comedy
(no#, 2006, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2008-10-01

Tragedy vs Comedy Cover art

Through a Glass are a young (as in still in high school when this was recorded), Tennessee-based rock band. That’s rock as in two guitars, bass, drums, vocals, and lots and lots of youthful energy. The album title obliquely refers to a sixth band member who was tragically killed in a car accident, though the five songs on this disk (at 17+ minutes it’s more of an EP than an album) don’t delve into the sort of emotional soul-baring one might expect from that sort of experience. A big deal is also made on their web site and MySpace page that they are Christians, though again little of this is clearly evident in the songs. Other than some acoustic guitar interludes on “Hush,” the material is dominated by overdriven guitars, crashing drums, and lead singer Jeremiah Barnes’ impassioned rock vocals. He’s the band’s ace in the hole talent-wise and immediately reminded me of Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas, though he also sounds like half the guys singing for bands like this. That’s my main gripe with the band and the album – they and it sound like lots of other bands and albums circulating these days. To their credit, for guys their age this collection shows tons of maturity and professionalism and if anything Through a Glass have a bright future ahead of them, as long as they can navigate today’s music biz. Good luck, kids.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Through a Glass

Latest news

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Gogglesphere & Lafcadio - Babies in Hell & Sham Duvet – One might ask why these two discs are being addressed in the same review; it’s because both Gogglesphere and Lafcadio are essentially the same band – or that is to say they have the same...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues