Remember that awful band, Owl City? How that song, “Fireflies” was played incessantly on Top 40 radio? Well here is a band that takes the same sound as Owl City, but The Candle Thieves actually contain talent and an indie pop energy that can’t be beat.While vibrant piano melodies swarm this album from beginning to end, the almost childlike sound is motivational and forces the listener to keep listening, to hear what the message is. The first song has no lyrics, but is somewhat of an overwhelming anthem to start the whole experience. “Flowers for Peggy” is one of those songs you could have sworn you’ve heard in countless romantic movie montages, and while it’s not sappy, it’s an upbeat tune that could easily be stuck in your head forever. Scott McEwan and The Glock have created an album that should have dated back to the 60′s and 70′s with bands like The Mamas and the Papas,The Hollies , and Katrina and the Waves. Full of perfectly poppy melodies, the sound is whole and with what sounds like a full horns section, everything is truly groovy. While the album takes a slower and less energetic turn in the middle and end,the creativity does not slack. Gorgeous laments and odes to love and the world pushes this album forward into a direction not expected. Still the pianos make themselves evident, almost as if they wrote the songs around the amazing piano melodies they created. While the album picks up near the end, it’s not the same as the beginning, it’s matured, it’s become something else completely. That’s the beauty of this album, what starts out as somewhat superficial becomes more than just a throwaway record, it becomes a listenable album, one that can be listened to over and over. And in those continued listens, a new sound or new meaning will appear each time, and that is certainly the perfect characteristic of this album.
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