Glorious (Foxes album)

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Glorious
Glorious by Foxes.png
Studio album by Foxes
Released 12 May 2014
Recorded 2011–13
Genre Pop, synthpop
Length 44:57
Label Sign of the Times, Epic, RCA
Producer
Foxes chronology
Glorious
(2014)
All I Need
(2016)
Singles from Glorious
  1. "Youth"
    Released: 6 September 2013
  2. "Let Go for Tonight"
    Released: 23 February 2014
  3. "Holding onto Heaven"
    Released: 4 May 2014
  4. "Glorious"
    Released: 12 August 2014

All I Need2016

Glorious is the debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Foxes, originally due for release on 28 February 2014, but was pushed back to 12 May 2014, in favour of releasing the album simultaneously worldwide.[1][2] The album is available in three versions; the standard album, a deluxe version and a limited edition vinyl.[3]

Background and release[edit]

After a spate of successful songs, appearing as a "featured" artist alongside Zedd, Fall Out Boy, Sub Focus and Rudimental as well as a successful single in "Youth", Foxes (Allen) showed intent at releasing a full album to steer away from the "featured artist" title. In an interview with Billboard, she stated the reason was "[...]Because I also have my music that's my baby."[4] In an interview during the "Making of the Album" video featured on her VEVO page on YouTube, Allen calls the album "extremely personal", as well that its influence is from her childhood as well as growing up. She also claims the album is "me talking to myself", as music to her is a "form of therapy".

From the same video, Allen described her process for making the songs, in which she stated "I feel like the song already exists" and "I start with a big white piece of paper and I'll just write things I'm feeling[...]It kind of comes out of nowhere."[5]

The track list features several new songs, as well as two songs featured on her first EP Warrior (2012) ("In Her Arms" and "White Coats").

The album was released on 12 May 2014, in both digital and physical formats.

Promotion[edit]

Although not classed as part of the promotion to the run up to Glorious, "Holding onto Heaven" was made available for free on iTunes during the month of December 2013.

As of 12 February 2016, the album has sold 77,811 copies in the United Kingdom.

On 17 April 2014, Amazon Artist Lounge - EP was released to download from Amazon for free. It contains live versions of "Let Go for Tonight", "Youth" and "Holding onto Heaven".[6]

Tour[edit]

Foxes embarked on a 16-date tour in England, Scotland and Ireland, which started 24 February 2014 and ended on 24 May 2014.

Singles[edit]

"Youth" was released as the album's lead single on 6 September 2013.[7] The song reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.

"Let Go for Tonight" was released as the album's second single on 23 February 2014.[8] The song entered the UK singles chart at number 7, becoming her highest-peaking single and first top 10 single.

"Holding onto Heaven" was released as the album's third single on 4 May 2014.[9] It debuted in the UK singles chart at number 14.

"Glorious" was confirmed to be the album's fourth single by Foxes, and it was released on 12 August 2014.[10] It debuted and peaked at #67 but due to new streaming rules, was pushed back to a peak of number 97.

Promotional singles[edit]

If Glorious was pre-ordered on iTunes, "Shaking Heads" was available to download alongside the pre-order of the album.[11]

The live version of "Clarity" was made available to download for free on the Amazon MP3 store.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[13]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[14]
Clash 7/10[15]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[16]
DIY 4/5 stars[17]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[18]
Financial Times 4/5 stars[19]
The Independent 3/5 stars[20]
The Line of Best Fit 8/10[21]
NME 6/10[22]
The Observer 3/5 stars[23]

Glorious received generally favourable reviews upon release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, it received an average score of 61, based on 8 reviews.[24] Rob Knaggs from Clash remarked that "Foxes has made a pop album that, despite occasionally drifting into melodrama, serves as an enjoyable listen stuffed with genuine pop-gems, sun-baked choruses and enough bite to warrant repeated listens."[17] Writing for The Guardian, Paul MacInnes noted that "while the lyrics are too cloying and cliched to mean much, in conjunction with such a button-pushing soundtrack, they still carry the capacity to move."[18] Laurence Day from The Line of Best Fit praised "Let Go for Tonight" for having "literally everything you want in massive single – the chorus, the hooks, the singalongability" and noted that Foxes "tends to deal with matters similar to Icona Pop", particularly those that are "centred around being youthful, frivolous and socially clumsy".[21] In a review for AllMusic, Fred Thomas said that "while the infectiousness of singles like 'Youth' and 'Let Go for Tonight' is undeniable, so often artists like Foxes can't quite rise to the challenge of filling out an entire album's worth of solid material around a few hits" although also stating that "the album on the whole is wrapped in a unique atmosphere that somehow manages to be both darkly moody and carefree."[14] Writing for Digital Spy, Lewis Corner commended the album, saying that it "strives to be celestial, booming and chart-worthy - and for the majority, it hits that mark" further noting "Let Go for Tonight" as the standout track "[resulting] in a magnificent centerpiece for Glorious; a stellar debut album that deserves to make Foxes a household name once and for all."[16] Shefali Srivastava from DIY praised the "huge, stunning chorus" of the album's title track as well as stating, "dark and light, sweet yet savvy, layered but not overproduced – Foxes has created a work that embodies all these dichotomies and walks the line between them perfectly. It really is glorious."[17]

Holly Williams was less enthusiastic in her review for The Independent, stating that "there are fun dance tracks, but few real earworms" and further commenting that Glorious "adds up to a shallowly appealing, summery package; glossily produced and personality free."[20] Killian Fox of The Observer noted that "though the album is formulaic and polished, there is enough crackle in its dark, lustrous soundscapes and tales of nocturnal romance to intrigue – and Allen's voice has the power to match those booming drums."[23] Alex Denney from NME noted similarities between "Youth" and "Talking to Ghosts" to the music of Bat for Lashes as well as comparing "Let Go for Tonight" to Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero" and concluded the review stating that "Glorious is no failure".[22] Writing for Financial Times, Ludovic Hunter-Tilney pointed out that Glorious is "designed for maximum exposure" and is "a big-screen production."[19]

Track listing[edit]

Glorious – Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Talking to Ghosts"
Howe 4:21
2. "Youth"
  • Allen
  • Jonny Harris
Ghostwriter 4:19
3. "Holding onto Heaven"
3:31
4. "White Coats"
  • Allen
  • Harris
Ghostwriter 4:06
5. "Let Go for Tonight"
  • Future Cut[a]
  • Ben Preston[a]
3:58
6. "Night Glo"
  • Allen
  • Howe
Howe 4:25
7. "Night Owls Early Birds"
  • Rogers
  • Ghostwriter[a]
3:29
8. "Glorious"
  • Allen
  • Harris
  • Ghostwriter
  • Spencer
4:21
9. "Echo"
  • Allen
  • Harris
  • Ghostwriter
  • Matt Wiggins[a]
4:04
10. "Shaking Heads"
  • Allen
  • Howe
Howe 4:47
11. "Count the Saints"
  • Allen
  • Ben Mark
Ghostwriter 3:36
Total length: 44:57
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Glorious adapted from AllMusic.[27]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Australia 9 May 2014 Sony [38]
Germany [1]
Mexico 12 May 2014 Sign of the Times [39]
United Kingdom [40]
United States 23 June 2014 RCA [41]

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