With pristine production and excellent songs, the Sons of Elvis, one of Cleveland's best semi-undiscovered modern rock quartets, announced their arrival on the band's 1994 debut, Glodean. Led by monster bassist Dave Hill and gifted singer John Borland, the band managed to create a little buzz for itself in its native Cleveland, only to later relocate to New York City where three of the band members attended college. After some significant airplay on Cleveland's premier alternative station, a mini bidding war erupted to acquire the act. Unfortunately, in a classic case of Bad Career Decisions 101 and a Spinal Tap-like misappropriation of funds, the band signed to the tiny American Empire imprint only to see its hopes of success crash and burn when the label literally ran out of money to work the band's release. Luckily, or unluckily in this case, the band got another break when Priority decided to give the band a shot by re-releasing Glodean along with the label's other big hoopla at the time, Magnapop. Magnapop and the Sons would prove to be the guinea pigs for Priority's new, dead-on-arrival rock division, where the album sank without a trace. Remarkably, Glodean is brimming with topnotch songs like opener "Nothing's Wrong," "Junky Mom," and especially the should-have-been-a-hit "Formaldehyde." Neatly produced by longtime friend and Paw/L7/Walt Mink producer/engineer Mr. Colson, it's a shame that the band never got its time in the sun. Look for Glodean in the used section of your favorite record store.
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AllMusic Review by John Franck