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Album Review

The Gloria Record's Start Here begins with an anomaly, the synth-driven song from which the album bears its name. After that intro, however, the rest of the album progresses to become the heir apparent to Mineral's evolution. In fact, Start Here far surpasses anything Mineral did, or the Gloria Record has done up to this point themselves. After a few listens, the strength of lead singer Chris Simpson's voice begins to penetrate into your head like a siren. The keyboards are effortlessly worked into the songs and, from track to track, Start Here flows like the weeks of the year. Occasionally the songs are melancholic and gloomy like winter, other times full of hope and grace like summer, but behind them all are power, strength, beauty, and the knowledge that this might be the closest anyone can get to heaven while still in the flesh.

Customer Reviews

Amazing record.

The Gloria Record's "Start Here" is a dense and wonderful album. Being a fan of Mineral and anything Chris Simpson is involved in, this album excited me from the beginning. It took about 10 full run-throughs of the album for me to finally like it, but once I did, it has been a constant soundtrack to the last four years of my life. This album is worth buying and investing time into - you will not regret it.


Mineral is one of my favorite bands, and if that reviewer had any sense in him, he would know that this does not surpass anything that mineral did, but falls short by miles. This is boring, bland, garbage, I'm upset with this record.

What can i say?

The Gloria Record is one of the most amazing bands ive ever heard. They are the best lyricists ive ever heard and frankly they're just good! i cant get enough of them!


Formed: 1997 in Austin, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Following the 1997 demise of their Austin, TX-based emo band Mineral, singer/guitarist Chris Simpson and bassist Jeremy Gomez reunited in the Gloria Record. Favoring a more acoustic, organic approach than their previous project, the duo soon recruited guitarist Brian Hubbard and drummer Matt Hammon to complete the lineup, issuing their Crank! label single "Grace, the Snow Is Here" in the fall of 1998. Following the completion of a self-titled EP, the roster expanded to a quintet with the addition...
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