"The Contender" features a Kings of Leon-esque stomp on over which lead singer Brett Emmons' snarl is remarkably spirited, his pipes sounding as though they could stand up until last call easily in a smoky basement bar. The title track is equally as punchy but with harmonies reminiscent of Arkells. There isn't a ton of originality within the majority of the tracks, but what the Glorious Sons lack in originality they make up for with bountiful energy.
"Gordie" is a requisite quiet, country-tinged track, and it comes across as a little too placid and gimmicky. The Glorious Sons walk a fine line on The Union: they aren't reinventing the wheel with their straight-ahead radio-ready rock, but they seem to be having a ton of fun in the process. (Black Box)