Album Review

Foxes - Glorious

Released June 24, 2014
Lisa Sanchez
In recognition of July 4th, it doesn't seem like the United States really emancipated itself from England. Ok, yeah, we have a separate government, more diabetes per capita than Candy Land itself and a constant need to pretend we're in a Rambo movie, but our fixation with British culture stays strong. Whether that be the expansive universe of Doctor Who, the charming but safe appeal of One Direction, or hundreds of families running around speaking with inexplicable English accents in Game of Thrones. We're hooked in a bad way, America. Now that we've identified we have an unhealthy attachment, allow me to expound on that by introducing you to Foxes debut album Glorious.

For the record, I love mentioning an artist's name that doubles as a potential "Dude, Where's My Car?" moment.

Mistakenly interested party: "What have you been listening to lately?"
Me: "Actually, I've been listening to Foxes a lot"
MIP: "Oh so, like, communing with nature or something?"
Me: "Yeah, it's exactly like that."

In reality, Foxes (Louisa Rose Allen) is an English singer/songwriter specializing in synth-pop dance songs. She has a really incredible voice that remains mostly un-muddled by effected throughout Glorious, which is both refreshing and piercing. It seems irresistible for some artists to throw the whole kitchen sink at a song, but Foxes keep the songs basic but interesting.

So far, the big hit from Glorious is the second track on the album, "Youth", which on my last count had exactly 57 current remixes. I truly hope Foxes really does write her own lyrics because these are some kickers. In "Youth" it sounds like she's telling a story while having an in-depth conversation, all of this while still creating a danceable song without losing any depth or substance. The beat never gets ridiculous, it always remains mid-tempo and doesn't sacrifice composure for rave music trick "Wah Wahs". The club remixes aren't bad either; in fact, I'm sure the song would be especially touching while intoxicated on your party favor of choice.

One thing I especially enjoy on Glorious is the way Foxes delivers her lyrics. "Let Go for Tonight" and "Glorious" have some real bite to them, in a Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive" kind of way, songs that let you know the singer is not messing around and they're going to tell you about it. Even the songs' music has that semi-disco feel to me. Catchy and melodic enough to spin around to, but serious enough for you to blast it at your ex. A working girl's song, if you will.

Moving on, I absolutely love "Night Owls Early Birds" which still has that pissed off quality, but more in the sense that Foxes is already over it than seeking revenge. I would really enjoy seeing a video for this song, because Foxes sets up a lot of narration, ("do the walk of shame in your best dress, paint roads on these walls just to feel like I'm going places") that could make a killer, trippy Pink Floyd "The Wall" reboot. Take my idea Foxes, I will be waiting for a check. This song has it all, killer vocals, piano accompaniment, and a bouncy, catchy tone. This is my official party song.

The only negative on Glorious is the concluding song, "Counting the Saints". While it's not a bad song at all, I wish the album would have ended with a big poppy kick off featuring Foxes stronger vocals. Instead, "Counting the Saints" is a melancholy solo. However, overall, Glorious is a great combination of strength and precision, both musically and vocally. Foxes is certainly making a statement with her first U.S. release and it is well worth a listen. It's as if all of the elements from Lady Gaga and Lily Allen were put into a centrifuge and spun until everything talented and subtle were extracted, leaving the pulp behind. Foxes Glorious embodies that passion and talent, without all of the posturing and fan service.

85/100