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Single Review: Gloriana – ‘Wild At Heart’

 

Gloriana

I first heard of this group at Roughstock where Matt B. discussed this same single. Since my computer doesn’t do the audio files that Roughstock uses, I couldn’t hear the song. I saw the picture of this group (The same one posted here) and I instantly thought “Little Big Town knock-off.” I was only partially right.

 

Gloriana is inevitably similar to LBT, with 2 girls and 2 guys and all 4 doing vocals together. However, while LBT is more acoustic rock-country, Gloriana is much more pop-country. LBT sounds more mature, while Gloriana sounds much younger. For a nice analogy:

Gloriana is to Little Big Town as Taylor Swift is to Sara Evans.

I think that’s accurate, as Sara tends to incorporate at least some country sound into her music and isn’t incredibly popular right now, while Taylor Swift is super-young and full on pop.

Anyway, back to the song. I like it, obviously, or it wouldn’t be here at all. Unfortunately, I feel like future songs from Gloriana might be overly happy and young-sounding, which could get very annoying. I just can’t see Gloriana doing any remotely sad songs, which is definitely a turn-off for me. However, this song is too much fun to resist!

The song starts with hand claps and some mandolin by Cheyenne Kimball (The pictured blond girl who already had a record deal in 2006). One of the guys (I honestly have no idea which one…) sings almost all of the lead vocals in the verses, that all build up to a large 4-part harmony chorus. The chorus is where the song gets really fun- and it’s impossibly catchy. It’s really poppy, but still has just enough twangy instruments to keep it in mainstream country, but beyond that, it’s a pop song.

The lyrics don’t really say much, it’s basically a fun song about having fun, which I think is all right once in a while. As for the vocals, their harmonies aren’t anywhere near as tight as LBT’s, so they sound almost choir-like when they sing together, but it still sounds good. Hopefully in the future they can hone their harmonies so they can sound more focused, but they all have nice voices.

But therein lies the problem, that they’re just nice. Their voices aren’t outstanding, and they don’t convey much emotion beyond happiness, especially in 4-part harmony. I still find it amazing how LBT can convey intense emotions of pain and longing while singing in 4-part harmony, and Gloriana just can’t do that. Still, they have potential, and I think “Wild At Heart” might be a big hit. Sadly, they’ll probably just end up joining The-Vocal-Group-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (Hint: Their latest single is co-written by a guy from American Idol who shares the same first name as me and who’s last name is an alternate spelling of an adjective that means sneaky!) in the club I founded. It’s called “The Country-Vocal-Groups-That-Get-More-Success-Than-Little-Big-Town-And-Don’t-Deserve-It Club.” (I’m trying to think of a catchier name.) But as of now, they’re just the singers of a super-happy fun song that I am currently enjoying. I sure hope they prove me wrong.

Grade: B-

Written by Matt Serletic, Josh Kear, and Stephanie Bentley.

Listen here at Gloriana’s Myspace page.

PS: If you can think of a better name for my “Club”, please tell me!

23 responses to “Single Review: Gloriana – ‘Wild At Heart’

  1. Linda January 28, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I love their name. But I’ll have to agree that they do sound like a choir…a gospel choir, that is. All they need are choir robes.

  2. Razor X January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I’m not listening to any group that calls itself “Gloriana”.

  3. Chris D. January 29, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    You would hate them anyways, Razor.

  4. J.R. Journey January 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    The song is okay. I think I would get bored with at half-way through the second listen though.

    But I have to agree with Razor and add that almost every country band to emerge in the last 5 years or so have had some piss-poor names. And it started with your ‘nameless country group’. I don’t want to say their name either … But seriously? Gloriana? Lady Antebellum? And even ‘Sugarland’. What the hell kind of name is ‘Sugarland’ for a country group? There could be a lot of money made on Music Row by someone who can coin distinctive and interesting group names.

  5. Razor X January 29, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Sugarland is OK, because presumably it refers to Sugarland, Texas, though none of the members originate from there. Lady Antebellum is another weird name. The name Gloriana reminds me of a group from the early 90s that never really made it, called Dixiana. They did a cover of “Waitin’ For The Deal To Go Down” from Reba’s “Rumor Has It” CD. Both the song and the group were forgettable.

    There was another short-lived band in the early 80s called “Bandana” and an all-female group from a few years ago called “Lace”.

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  7. Rainbow January 30, 2009 at 8:11 am

    I just bought an album earlier this month from a group called “Lantana”.

  8. Razor X January 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

    SHEDaisy is about as stupid a name as you’re going to find.

  9. Matt B. January 31, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Lantana is mediocre. I don’t mind most of the names and Lady Antebellum actually refers to the Civil War but Gloriana is pretty generic but so is Little Big Town…

  10. Matt B. January 31, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Oh, and Chris, you don’t have Flash?

  11. Chris D. January 31, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Not really. It’s a long story and my computer is terrible. I’m getting a laptop for college in the summer though!

  12. Shayne February 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I love the name Lady Antebellum, Its very oringinal.

  13. Beth Anne February 14, 2009 at 12:53 am

    I like Wild At Heart and I saw them live and they’re amazing.. They have some sad songs (they definitely have substance).. The name is a kinda weird, not sure what it means but the band is great. See them play live and you’ll change your mind about their voices too.

  14. Tara February 15, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I love Gloriana. I’ve seen them live multiple times, they have plenty of sad songs! This is one of the few songs where they sound “like a chior”. I think they had a few different names for the band and this one just stuck, it’s better than some of the others (they were right up there with Shedaisy). Youtube has live versions of some of the other songs, you should check those out before completely writing them off!

  15. Ally February 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    are you people kidding me? I really hope when the album comes out you people will have “reasonable” sweet comments. So they sound “young” and “poppy aka 2009 generation duh!” Ofcourse they sound young, they are young! Ofcourse it’s kinda pop, Country went down! If it werent for new artist like Taylor Swift and other young ones, people my age (14-19) would NOT BE LISTENING TO COUNTRY AT ALL.

    no sad songs? YES THEY DO! but who the hell wants sad songs, when life is SAD ENOUGH! bring joy to our lives. So if i listen to Country, it has to be sad? HELL NO! that is just stupid! -BUT-They have amazing songs. You should try youtube! They are fantastic live. PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH WELL. YOU’RE MAKING AN EMBARRASEMENT OUT OF YOURSELF!

  16. J.R. Journey February 21, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Ally, I am sure Chris did his research for this song. It’s just not something he loves. Just like you don’t love a good sad country song. No need in getting so upset you have to use caps.

  17. Razor X February 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Ofcourse it’s kinda pop, Country went down! If it werent for new artist like Taylor Swift and other young ones, people my age (14-19) would NOT BE LISTENING TO COUNTRY AT ALL.

    If you’re listening to Taylor Swift, then you aren’t listening to country anyway, so what’s the difference? I’m not sure what you mean by “country went down”, but I’d rather let it die a natural and dignified death than watch it morph into pop.

  18. Chris February 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Ally, I’m 17 and I still like real country music, so sorry our tastes differ. I will make sure to research their album when it comes out because I think they have potential, but so far I think LBT is better in every way.

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  20. Chris February 27, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve seen Gloriana perform live and personally, I heard a few other songs other than “Wild at Heart” (which is good) that just floored me. One of them in particular, a duet/harmony called “Lead Me On” that has resonates deeper each time I hear it. I think some people have posted bootleg videos of it from a live show on youtube. Check it out.

  21. chris banig May 3, 2009 at 1:46 am

    wild at heart is the best song i’ve heard in awhile

    • Brain May 6, 2009 at 6:23 am

      I’ve done country radio now for 14 years, and eventually the format goes through a stage where it morphs into a more pop like music scene. It pisses of traditionalists but brings larger number of the younger demo into our folds. Personally I love this song, and feel that is has just as much “country” themes in it, aka fiddles, mandolin, etc, than other tunes that we play on the air. This is why I love the country genre. If you want traditional, listen to AJ or George Strait. If you want country pop, listen to RF or Taylor or ….Gloriana. There is something to fit everyone’s taste. Why do people feel the need to fit “country” music in this nice little box, and say, you have to have fiddle and steel guitar, or it ain’t COUNTRY! No other format is so closely scrutinized. But that’s because no other format is so historicly beloved. Thanks!

  22. amy February 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    i am currently obbsessed with wild at heart! i love it!

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