Girls Under Glass Frozen

Gothic industrial trio Girls Under Glass offers up six songs on their second U.S. release, Frozen. Starting things off is a cover of the Material Girl's semi-classic hit (and title track), which isn't so bad; it's pretty good actually, but I'm a junkie for a good cover tune. Things progress at a typically dark electronic pace, but I get a bit disillusioned by the third track ("The Bitter End"). At this point, the CD unfortunately becomes background music. This song and goth metal ballad "Desire Lasts Forever," with its simple four-chord progressions and guitar fills, is a definite low point. They get me back with "Grey in Grey," though, an upbeat, less guitar-laden number with vocals thankfully donated by Wolfsheim, so all is not entirely lost on this listen. (Van Richter)