Reviews Of ‘The First Two Albums’

Released in 1993 and 1994

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by Jim Santo
-courtesy of Jim Santo’s Demo Universe

Gloff’s life and mine initially intersected with 1996’s Midnight Blooming cassette, but that was actually his fifth release. His first two albums were True Stories and Still Feel It, cassettes recorded in 1993 and 1994 that Jeremy has re-released on one CD under the clever title, The First Two Albums. Here one can experience the nascent Gloff aesthetic: a blend of folk and Euro-pop influences expressing the hopes, fears, infatuations and burning hatred of a young gay man who feels too damn much for his own good. Jeremy’s voice is raw and untutored as yet, often erupting into a nasal bleat that some may find hard to take, but there’s no denying his talent as a song writer.

-fan review of “True Stories” submitted by SAracatheriNE

It’s vintage Gloff- not the best recording quality, but still passionate. Strong lyrics and vocals lead Jeremy’s first album, True Stories. Some of the keyboard in the background is a tiny bit cheesy, but hey, it was the early 90s! Besides, regardless of his accompaniment, Jeremy’s voice is always his strongest instrument. Jeremy evokes a strong sense of passion and loneliness, his trademarks, in both ‘You Could Never Love Me’ and ‘I Sleep Alone’. Jeremy’s darker side emerges as he pounds out ‘The Latch on the Door’. In the title track, Jeremy voices well the universal sentiment “I don’t want to want you.” The song ends with Jeremy growling the resolute statement “…someday I will have a dream about you and I’ll wonder how many stories of your life you told me were true.” This is album is short (only one side of a tape), but still a Gloff must-have.

-fan review of “Still Feel It” submitted by SAracatheriNE

This album is a very interesting mix. From the quirky ‘Alice’ (“She hates people just like I do…She reminds me of my prom date”) to the fierce ‘Back the Next Day’ (“And sometimes I wonder if I had a loaded gun in my hand if I’d point it at you”) to the somber‘Revelation’ (“I’ve seen a revelation…love is ugly.”). ‘Courtney’ is a very memorable track, as well as the title track, which dances with the several painful truths of life. This album also includes a very interesting rendition of ‘Child’ (originally on True Stories) precluded by a popular nursery rhyme. Jeremy’s emotion and passion swirl on this album: he touches on a broad base of themes, some personal, some very universal. In other words, there’s something for everyone on this Still Feel It.
I give it four asterics: * * * *