Glory Be To “Gloria”

3 Dec

With a roaring drum roll, an angelic chorus of “ooh’s” and manly grunts, sweedish band Mando Diao burst into your eardrums on their track “Gloria,” in a highly theatrical manner.

Shades of 1960’s pop rock surface in this energizing song, in which co lead singer Björn Dixgård taps into his inner Tom Jones. The gruff growls and vocal Olympics Dixgard brings to the table echo’s Jones many hits

Glittering in over the top vocal and musical licks, “Gloria” delves into the retro rock genre, injecting garage band style with a retro Tom Jones meets The Animals flavor.

One can almost picture women’s undergarments being flung into the air.

Eerily similar to “Gloria” is Jones masterpiece “Delilah” . The lyrics both feature dramatic scenarios where a woman is seen as an object of desire, to the point of murder.

In “Gloria” the Chorus swells:

Gloria alone now forever/Gloria away in the air now/Gloria she’s no longer your slave

She now watches him from “Heaven’s Gate”

The lyrics also allude to the fact that the man has told Gloria many lies in his “freakshow” and is responsible for her misery.

In “Delilah” the songster confesses that he is a slave to a cheating woman who is no good for him.

“But I was lost like a slave that no man could free”

So of course he resorts to murder.

“She stood there laughing/I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more”

Dramatic enough for you?

Discography: Bring Em’ In (2002), Hurricane Bar (2004), Ode to Ochrasy (2006), Never Seen the Light of Day (2007), Give Me Fire (2009)

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One Response to “Glory Be To “Gloria””

  1. kemg December 4, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    You’ve got a great writing style here – and I like the constancy of having the Discography and tags on each entry. It spurs people who like what they see/hear to explore the topic more deeply.

    Mostly excellent turns of phrase, but here’s a sentence I might change: “Many artists sample bits and pieces from other songs into their own tracks, but on “Missing” British songstress Eliza Sophie Caird, better known as Eliza Doolittle, goes one step further.”
    There are a lot of pieces at play here, and the reader’s experience feels somewhat halting. I’d aim for a smoother flow.

    Also, good blogroll – a nice complement to the topic. And I would expand the About section slightly – you don’t get a sense of anything about yourself – school? hometown or home state? How did you get interested in the topic?

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