My expectations are generally modest when it comes to Gloriana, as I thought their first four or five singles sounded more or less the same. But in contrast with the mostly weightless fare that preceded it, “Can’t Shake You” is the first Gloriana single that deals with heartache, and it turns out to be the group’s strongest single to date.
The hook and the overall concept are simple but effective. The melody is compelling, and the vocalists sound genuinely committed to selling the story, with Rachel Reinert even turning in a beautiful falsetto in the second verse. The production is glossy enough to be radio-friendly, but featuring strains of steel and mandolin that imbue added character to the arrangement.
It may turn out to be a fluke. We’ll have to wait and see. They may very well slip back to fluff mode with their next few releases. But regardless of what their musical path is from here on out, “Can’t Shake You” remains one noteworthy instance in which Gloriana definitely got it right.
Written by Tom Gossin, James T. Slater, and Stephanie Bentley