If I stumbled across Glyder in any given provincial rock spot, I would probably be impressed with their unashamedly unfashionable, yet refreshingly unpretentious classic rock. The band’s enthusiasm and melodic capability is evident, highlighted by the dominant ‘Twin’ Lizzy guitar attack of Messrs Bat Kinane and Pete Fisher.

I’m pretty sure, however, that Glyder’s second album does not show off their true strenghs. Tracks like the commercially-minded ‘Walking My Own Ground’ and ‘Sweets’, which doffs its hat to the rough n’ ready days of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, may simmer with potential, but are dampened by an inoffensive production thereby robbing the songs of punch.

The album’s shortcomings are most evident on the slower numbers including the title track and closer ‘The Merrygoround’, which should aim for the dramatic, not the snooze button! The Phil Lynott influence in Tony Cullen’s voice is obvious, but is again humbled by the production. Humble, as we all know, was not exactly a word in Lynott’s vocabulary!

‘Playground For Life’ should be kicking asses left, right and centre, not delivering baby punches. Perhaps it’s best to judge them in that dingy rock club when they support Fish in March.

Ross Halewood