By Lewis Barlow
"Glorious Sunset" shines an emphatic light on a classic band adapting to the modern sound whilst still holding their alternative roots close. 21 years after their debut album in 2002, Hundred Reasons' fifth studio album "Glorious Sunset" might well be their most concise project to date.
The album leads with the title track - Glorious Sunset - and immediately it sounds familiar. Hundred Reasons have really encapsulated the great parts of current rock music with the use of drum pads and beckoning choruses. Colin Doran's vocals have somehow improved and matured over the years of belting pretty challenging vocal lines, a testament to his undeniable musicianship.
As is the case with a vast majority of albums, there is always some filler. I struggled to connect with "Insultiment" and "Right There With You", the latter being arguably Doran's weakest performance of the record and the crux of the track is fairly uninspiring. On the other hand, I highly recommend the track "Done". It's got a midwest emo feel with a massive hook that I keep going back to.
Overall this album feels like a subtle reminder that music doesn't need to be overly complicated. Sometimes a cool riff coupled with a strong vocal and kick-ass drumming is all that's needed for a pretty enjoyable record.