ALBUM REVIEW: Seth Glier – The Coronation

ALBUM REVIEW: Seth Glier – The Coronation

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Seth Glier recently released his new album, The Coronation, an exploration of the essentiality of human interconnection and healing.

Glier explains, “’The Coronation’ marks the emergence of our collective unconscious into consciousness and the transcendence of compulsion into choice. I look at the last year of lockdown as sort of like an extended rehab healing us from the story of separation and offering us the courage to forge a new crown and become the rulers of that which had ruled us.”

Hailing from Western Massachusetts, Glier has collected five Independent Music Awards, along with sharing the stage with James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, and Martin Sexton.

Before the pandemic, Glier toured incessantly, playing 250 dates per year. The lockdown provided him with stillness and time to write the new material appearing on The Coronation, which mirrors the interconnective theme of the album.

“I knew at the onset that I wanted to work with many different people and producers on this record, but I don’t think I knew why until after finishing it,” Seth shares. “Being in collaboration is a constant reminder that our actions have profound effects on the subsequent actions of others and how powerful it is to be united in common cause.”

He goes on to add, “I think collaboration might be what makes ‘The Coronation’ a cohesive album. It’s wildly diverse from song to song, and the making of it began to mirror a new world I wanted to live in.”

Along with collaborator Ryan Hommel, Bill Lefler, and Alex Wong, guest artists include Everett Bradley, rising star Raye Zaragoza, and cellist Dave Eggar.

Comprising a baker’s dozen of tracks, entry points on the album include “Stages,” a low-slung yet percolating alt-pop tune topped by Glier’s soft, tender voice, imbuing the lyrics with passionate tones. “If It Wasn’t For You” conjures up memories of The Bee Gees merged with Hall & Oates, i.e. hints of disco-pop blended with infectious alt-rock-lite textures. Reminiscent of Christopher Cross melded with Barry Gibb, Glier’s high tenor imbues the lyrics with grand lushness.

“I Lose Myself” rides shimmers of pop leitmotifs, gentle yet gleaming, and allows Glier to parade his opulent voice. While “One Of Us,” a dreamy, wistful cover of Joan Osborne’s famous song, features the sublime voice of Raye Zaragoza.

“Still Got Some Loving” recalls Christopher Cross, riding trembling percussion capped by Glier’s warm, velvety timbres. Poignant and intimate, this is a beautiful song because of its moving flow of elementary emotions.

Seth Glier says, “I wanted this album to feel like a roadmap towards reunion in a reconnected and repairing world.” Put simply; he attained his goal.

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Randy Radic lives in Northern California where he smokes cigars, keeps snakes as pets, and writes about music and pop culture. Fav artists/bands: SpaceAcre, Buddy Miller, Post Malone, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, and he’s a sucker for female-fronted dream-pop bands.

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