No Turning Back: 1985-2005

Glass Tiger

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No Turning Back: 1985-2005 Review

by James Christopher Monger

Glass Tiger may have disappeared from the U.S. charts over a decade ago, but they managed to build a respectable following across their Canadian homeland that took them into the '90s with numerous Juno awards and platinum record sales. No Turning Back: Glass Tiger 1985-2005, despite its being released in 2004, celebrates "almost" 20 years in which the group managed to release only three records -- this is their third "greatest-hits collection." This time around, the hits are presented in their shortened "radio edit" incarnations -- which really aren't that different from the album versions -- and the compilation is augmented by two new tracks, both of which are surprisingly good. The single "No Turning Back" does for the band what "Ordinary World" did for Duran Duran in 1994. Glass Tiger were at their best when mining the infectiously melodic, and songs like "Thin Red Line" and "Diamond Sun" do suggest a cross between U2 and the Waterboys, but like fellow '80s anthem-makers the Cutting Crew, the Canadian quintet's pleasant facelessness keeps each over-produced track ground into its respective era like a lead snowflake. [No Turning Back was also released with an accompanying DVD.]

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Glass Tiger 03:36 SpotifyAmazon
2 Glass Tiger 04:13 SpotifyAmazon
3 Glass Tiger 04:05 SpotifyAmazon
4 Glass Tiger 03:39 SpotifyAmazon
5 Glass Tiger 04:06 SpotifyAmazon
6 Glass Tiger 03:50 SpotifyAmazon
7 Glass Tiger 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
8 Glass Tiger 04:28 SpotifyAmazon
9 Glass Tiger 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
10 Glass Tiger 04:50 SpotifyAmazon
11 Glass Tiger 04:31 SpotifyAmazon
12 Glass Tiger 03:49 SpotifyAmazon
13 Glass Tiger 04:14 SpotifyAmazon
14 Glass Tiger 04:53 SpotifyAmazon
15 Glass Tiger 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
16 Glass Tiger 04:37 SpotifyAmazon
17 Glass Tiger 04:56 SpotifyAmazon
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