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Citizen - Life In Your Glass World album review

Citizen
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CITIZEN
Life In Your Glass World
RUN FOR COVER / COOKING VINYL

After winding us down the rabbithole of heavyhearted post‑rock and heady emo on 2017’s As You Please, nothing could’ve prepared us for the fearlessly bold punch and pomp of Citizen’s career‑defining fourth LP. Life In Your Glass World sees the Ohio trio acutely energised and amped right the hell up, revelling in huge, headbang‑inducing riffs and a rhythm section that’s always nothing short of riveting. 

Perhaps it’s because they did the whole thing in-house (though you’d never tell – this record sounds mighty sharp, with mixes always beautifully dense and dynamic), or that every track was built around beats instead of riffs. It’s an unashamedly bouncy ride from start to finish, with splashes of bassy funk and shimmery pop making cuts like “Blue Sunday” and “Black And Red” immediate hits.

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Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Their bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (on which they also serve as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Their go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, they only picked up after they’d joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped them see the light…