Fucked Up do two things on their new album that work in their favor—keep things at a zippy 10 songs and 40-ish minutes and flesh out the production. Though 2011’s David Comes to Life was epic in every sense, the nearly 80-minute album was exhaustive in a way that another such album would’ve felt like a weight. Instead, Glass Boys feels furious and exacting. “Echo Boomer” builds upon a melodic base, waiting until halfway through for Damian Abraham to unleash his growl and exploding in its final moments from a mid-tempo rocker to an all-out rush. “Sun Glass” similarly starts with acoustic guitars and alt-rock touches before its true form takes shape as a densely layered yet breakneck paced hardcore shoegazer. “Warm Change” makes apparent one of the most interesting aspects of the album—drummer Jonah Falco layers multiple drum takes and adds an exponential layer of chaos and psychedelic energy to the album, leaving your head spinning. Even with these dizzying layers and dynamics, the band wisely pulls back the noise for breather moments, like the opening of “Paper the House,” which gears you up for one of the band’s catchiest songs, fusing hardcore ferocity to power-pop melodicism. If Glass Boys lacks some of the immediate power of its predecessor, it’s also ultimately a more accessible and equally powerful album in many ways. It’s as though they’ve compacted their ambitions like a sheet of foil rolled into a cannonball, as Glass Boys lands like a swift punch to the gut.