Gloriana – “The World Is Ours Tonight”

Blake Boldt | March 2nd, 2010


When Gloriana topped Lady Gaga to win the fan-voted Breakthrough Artist of the Year at last fall’s American Music Awards, the music industry let out a collective “Gloriana who?”

Followers of this Music Row foursome wouldn’t have been surprised.

As opening act for Taylor Swift, the band won over a host of youthful fans, with their self-titled album debuting at #2 last summer. Those concertgoers flew into a frenzy during the voting process, lifting the group past America’s favorite Fame Monster and into the winner’s circle.

Gloriana is an inoffensive, non-traditional act whose relationship with country music is limited at best. It would be easy to throw them on the pile of youngsters who’ve used good looks and bubblegum pop to capitalize on Nashville’s identity crisis. But buoyed by an infectious, energetic live act, they’ve shown the musical chops and melodic hooks that could make them a favorite of pop-country faithful for years to come.

With “The World Is Ours Tonight,” a song featured on the Olympic Games soundtrack, Gloriana plows the same ground as their first two singles, bouncing along on a sing-song melody and a positive message that might soften any hard-edged heart. On “Wild at Heart,” a catchy blast of summer fun, the quartet sang about a young couple sharing their first late-night rendezvous. This time around a pair of been-there, done-that lovebirds is itching for a second chance at romance.

Penned by Danny Myrick, Matt Serletic and Jeffrey Steele, this “World” turns with by-the-numbers songwriting, and the slick layers of Matt Serletic’s production do them few favors. Such an intimate performance is overwhelmed by a cluttering drumline during its soaring chorus. “World” winds up sounding like an impersonal, pseudo-inspirational power ballad that feels performed. No one this side of Patsy Cline could make these sentiments seem inspired: “There’s no going back to the start again/Time will tell us how the story ends.”

Give Gloriana credit for corralling their voices into pretty little harmonies, but leaning on such maudlin tales and cheesetastic music can only hurt them in going for the gold.

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  1. Drew
    March 2, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Meh, it’s alright. I actually don’t dislike Gloriana as much as everyone else, just need to take it for what it is. I’ll be keeping my eye on Cheyenne Kimball though, as if she actually dedicates herself to country material after this Gloriana experiment is over, she could really be something… her vocals have outstanding potential. Hopefully they come out with “Time To Let Me Go” after this, which showcases her more.

  2. Thomas
    March 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

    …not exactly my kind of country but if you like the rascal flatts side of the genre then you’ll be able to appreciate this song. they can sing and from what i gather are a decent stage-act. i’d like to hear what they could do with some really good song-material.

  3. merlefan49
    March 2, 2010 at 10:47 am

    They should thank Taylor Swift for their career/success.

  4. Rick
    March 2, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Having seen Gloriana live doing a mostly acoustic show when “Wild At Heart” was breaking on the charts, I can attest to the talent invloved. Tom Gossin and Cheyenne both have the individual chops to go the distance while Tom’s guitar playing brother and Rachel are more dispensable. When you take away the bombastic, over the top pop-rock production style you’re left with a group that really sounds quite good. I’ve heard how good they are although their album only hints at the potential.

    With Lady Antebellum racking up amazing sales levels with their latest album, expect more pop oriented male/female groups to hit country radio soon. The Band Perry is a perfect example featuring infectious pop country that appeals to Taylor Swift’s bopper fan base. Little Big Town needs to change direction towards pure pop-rock to try to ride this wave! As for me I’m more interested in the family group The Harters as Keith Stegall is doing the production on their upcoming album.

  5. Rick
    March 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    PA – Does anyone else think that in the lead picture Tom Gossin looks a bit like the Sylar character in the HEROES TV show? Hmm…

  6. Steve M.
    March 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    That song is as country as Taco Bell is Mexican food.

  7. Noeller
    March 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    As has been said, if you strip about 7 layers of production gloss off this product, then I might qualify it as music. Right now, though, it’s computer generated nothingness.

  8. Stephen H.
    March 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    It’s good to see that none of the members of the band could be bothered to actually pose together for the promo photo. Photoshop is not always your friend, dear Gloriana. But going with what Noeller said, it just adds to the artificiality.

  9. Steve Harvey
    March 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    No idea what they sound like acoustically, but the production on their records is absolutely godawful. And there’s too many vocalists in the man. They cancel each other out when harmonizing.

    Blander than bland.

  10. waynoe
    March 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    By the way, this is a running tally of reviews for singles YEAR-TO-DATE for 2010. This does not reflect my personal critique of each critic’s assessment. FYI only.

    Current tally (Down – 19 / UP – 12)

    Maybe this shorter version will not be deleted. Hmmm, free speech is selective I hear.

  11. JCH
    March 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Jeffrey Steele…how could you?

  12. waynoe
    March 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    In the future I will post only the summarized total. Don’t know how my original post suddenly appeared again but I do know it is too long to be posting consistently. Summarized version from now on unless requested otherwise.

  13. Brady Vercher
    March 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    waynoe, your summaries serve no purpose (as you admit every time you post them) and have been removed as spam. The information you post is readily available for anyone who wants to find it.

  14. Vicki
    March 2, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Blah…average in tune singers…nothing special…NEXT!

  15. Steve Harvey
    March 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Jeffrey Steele…how could you?

  16. waynoe
    March 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm


    I didn’t know that I said my summaries served no purpose.

    Secondly, they are actual results of the “critics” here. I am restating what you say serves no purpose. Hmmm.

    Lastly, the information is not that readily available if one wants a quick year-to-date result of reviews. This is especially true as the year goes on.

  17. Brady Vercher
    March 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Explain their purpose in the context of the review and how that information contributes to the conversation. Or how they serve as an evaluation of the review/song or as a response to another commenter. Otherwise, they’re spam and that info doesn’t belong in the comment section of every single review.

  18. waynoe
    March 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    O.K. I think I can do that.

  19. merlefan49
    March 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    To bad Taylor swift doesn’t get behind a group like
    The band Of Heathens

  20. Taylor Johnston
    March 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I they have alot of potential this year and will make it far! Give them a chance, their still young! I have gotten the chance to see them a few times this past hear and have never been dissapointed, very humble,talented people!

  21. Regina George
    September 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Gloriana is hot in a too cool for school kind of way. I feel like if we all went to high school with them they’d be the cool kids and we’d all be jealous. They’re an extremely attractive, well rounded, put together band. so much that it kind of seems like a gimmick.. which oddly doesn’t make me like them anyless. That being said, they don’t lack any talent.. except songwriting kind of. I would apreciate this band so much more if they actually penned more songs because the one’s they have done are not bad at all..I will give them props however for arranging of their stuff single handedly. continuing, I totally disagree with the statement that any of them are dispensable. They all have lead vocals in 1 or more songs on their CD and the actual idea of the group was to put together a bunch of people who COULD sing lead vocals, so that there was no weak link, and they balance out so well visually. 4 makes sense. Furthermore, I can see why someone might characterize them as “bubble gum” but that’s people simply associating them with the Taylor Swift tour, the 2nd biggest tour in the nation, of which Taylor Swift personally picked them because she wanted to have them before they got too big. anyone in their right minds would have jumped at the chance. And since when is a mando pop anyway? I’ve seen these guys live.. 4 times. once acoustic. they’re really really good, vocal and looks wise. Their harmonies are superb, they all play an instrument and they do really sweet throwback medley’s. The only word I can think of to describe them is cool. It’s almost effortless. As for “World,” I don’t think they chose it, I think it was released because their label wanted to get them in the olympic sound track for more exposure. Strategic move, not so good song. however, amazing band.

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