Monday, April 4, 2011

Gloriana, "Wanna Take You Home"

When a song's lyrics begin by rhyming "girl" with "rock my world," it's going to take a lot for the song to win me back.  It doesn't get better from there as the Gloriana quartet achingly rehashes every trite romantic cliche in the book.  The first single to Gloriana's upcoming second album displays songwriting so juvenile that it should be embarrassing.

It's depressing to hear song that aims so low.  "Wanna Take You Home" aspires to be nothing more than weightless, insignificant fluff.  As soon as you listen to this song, you get a mental image of an uninspired writing committe thumbing through a rhyming dictionary trying to come up with something just bland and generic enough for country radio to accept (The committee behind this little beauty was made up of band member Tom Gossin, Matt Serletic, and Wendell Mobley).  According to Tom Gossin, "We are excited to release this song because we really feel it displays the growth of our band over the past few years."

Growth in which areas, exactly?  The only interesting thing about it is the sparse pop-country production.  At best, "Wanna Take You Home" is a plateau effort, if not a regression.  There are no memorable hooks.  Even the melody falls flat.  Besides that, any song with lyrics this bad is going to sink like a stone.  If the Gloriana troupe considers such a disposable effort to be evidence of growth, then we have little reason to believe that the rest of their upcoming album will be any less forgettable.

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