Songs like the title track "Gloryland" reveal an artist who isn't dissimilar from John Hiatt and Gurf Morlix. "Pecolia's Star" finds Gordon singing about a real person (which is also done throughout the record) and he's telling a rich story. This is the kind of literary-like music that demands attention rather than much of the mainstream stuff that's just kinda there. "Trying To Get To Memphis is another standout track while "Nine Bells" channels a vibe that recalls the best of Buddy Miller.
Kevin Gordon's Gloryland is a record that quite frankly rivals anything released in the Americana/alt-country or 'folk' scenes. Fans of strong songwriting should definitely check this and other albums from Kevin Gordon's arsenal.