Gloriana – “The World Is Ours Tonight”
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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