I can’t read that album title without thinking of a Hot Pocket or a Stromboli. Heck, I’m tempted to spend this whole album review using food metaphors to describe this music. You might find that cheesy (…dang it).
The fact that they’re playing a new Columbus festival called Melted in late February doesn’t help. I’m thinking of gooey, oozing cheese and hot filling in pies now.
I guess we’ll just go with the comparison, huh?
Anyway, I have a confession to make. I was kind of cheating when I placed Cherry Glazerr on our list of most anticipated releases of 2019. You see, I had already received a press copy, so they had an advantage over the other bands on the list. This record is so immediately infectious I had to take notice.
Everything sort of, erm, melts together in a very cohesive way. I know very little about this band other than this album. The songs on this album make me more alert. I’m not getting lost in the music here—I’m actually more alert of my surroundings when listening. As I sit here listening to “Isolation,” I’m alone at my desk in my apartment, eating a bowl of Graeter’s Double Chocolate Chip ice cream. The mood this evokes in me is enhancing the experience. If I were sad I would probably feel more sad. But, instead I’m treating my taste buds and writing this review, so I’m in a pretty decent mood.
Stuffed and Ready is a driving record that is a walking contradiction in addition to being rich and mood-enhancing (no drugs needed). It feels equally fitting for happy and somber occasions, for sunny afternoon drives and dark dive bars. “That’s My Real Life” presents one of the more thrilling moments on the album—I have no trouble picturing a crowd of young scenesters pulsing in rhythm to experiencing this live. Other personal favorites from the record include “Wasted Nun” and “Stupid Fish,” with vocals ranging from light and airy to piercing and abrasive. It makes for some memorable moments.
Overall, Cherry Glazerr have released an album that will have staying power on my listening rotation. While I wouldn’t call the music uplifting, it’s a fun listen.