Glossary – The Better Angels of Our Nature

by That Guy on February 11, 2008


I have a buddy named Stanimal Shampton that used to love being asked the question, “What’s your favorite kind of beer?” He’d always respond with “free”. He also tried to light me on fire once and adores cheese. At, we make it a point to live by Stan’s mantra. Unfortunately, free beer is tough to provide over the World Wide Internet Superhighway, so we’ve replaced the word “beer” with “music.” You’re in for a treat today, because we found more than just a sampling. We found an entire album. And it’s really dang nab good.

I recently stumbled across a band out of Murfreesboro, TN called Glossary. Cool name, but I’ve gotta be honest – It evokes memories of 8th grade health class. There were some weird things in the glossary of that class’s textbook. I remember having to look up terms like “jaundice, “”uterus,” and “chancre” and later being thoroughly tested on those terms. It was weird and it scared the crap out of me.

Anyway, this Glossary band is really, really, ridiculously good, providing a southern/indie rock sound better than any I’ve heard in a long while. Their latest album, entitled The Better Angels of Our Nature, is a glorious romp through the beer-soaked watering holes of the south. Great guitars, great vocals, and great lyrics. I’m calling it now: Woody will gleefully wet himself over this album. There isn’t a weak track on the entire thing.

And best of all, the entire album is available for FREE (!) download now through Glossary’s site. I highly encourage you to give it a d-load, but keep in mind Glossary was nice enough to put this out there for FREE. Throw these guys a bone – buy the album, see them live, or hit up iTunes and purchase some of their earlier work, which also sounds great.

Standout tracks on The Better Angels of Our Nature include “Almsgiver,” “Gasoline Soaked Heart,” “Blood on the Knobs,” and my personal favorite “Little Caney.”

Glossary is also touring with Drive-By Truckers in March. Get there.

Glossary – Little Caney

Glossary – Almsgiver

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Woody February 11, 2008 at 6:24 pm


My pants have been wet for a bit now. My only regret is that I found out about after we posted the top 50. Anyway, I can gleefully reccomend For What I Don’t Become & How We Handle Our Midnights.

IMO, Glossary are a good band made great by Maggie Gresham’s harmonizing vocals. I can’t wait to finally catch them perform at SXSW.

Kevin February 13, 2008 at 4:58 am

Bravo on this one guys. It’s been on repeat for me now for a few days. I’m really digging on the 90s influence. I hear a lot of Third Eye Blind (who despite their reputation, I think are absolutely amazing, really).

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