Gloryhound Leave It Alone

Gloryhound Leave It Alone
For some reason, Canadians just can't get over classic rock. More than any other country, bands like AC/DC, CCR, Neil Young and the Band hold sway over our young musicians, forming the backbone of Can-rock. Case in point, Halifax, NS's Gloryhound (formerly Gloryhound and the Skyhawks), a quartet of musicians that were taken under the wing of similar minded Canadian Matt Mays. The band aren't pushing any boundaries but their music hits much harder than contemporaries like Sam Roberts and the Novaks. Leave it Alone is a scrappy record that sounds like it was recorded on a single mic in the band's practice space. And that's part of its charm. But these guys are young and have yet to come into their own as songwriters. Lead single "Best I Can" is appropriately the best thing offered here, and even with a blistering guitar solo it just doesn't measure up. (Independent)