Released: Jul 2009
Label: Emblem / Warner Bros. Nashville/ Reprise
Gloriana is a country music purist's worst nightmare, but for everyone else, that's good news. The quartet revels in high-spirited harmonies, solid pop hooks and an unabashed affection for countrified instrumentation, giving songs such as hit "Wild at Heart," the sassy "You Said" and post-breakup dig "Over Me Now?" plenty of room to cross over into a variety of formats. With so much commercial appeal, Gloriana's reach will certainly be broad, but songs like the shuffling "Time to Let Me Go" will have the country community claiming them first.