Emery does what they want
Posted July 22, 2011
Emery's fifth album is the first album released through Solid State Records as well as Tooth & Nail. This album was said to be heavier and more brutal. And with Devin Shelton gone, I thought it was going to be much heavier. I was half-wrong:
The Cheval Glass 9.5/10 - The most brutal song on the album. The screams blend perfectly with Toby's melodies. Breakdowns are very good too. It should have been longer though.
Scissors 9/10 - Another heavier song, but with more singing. The intro is very heavy, and the guitars in the first verse are great. Chorus is your typical Emery catchy melody with background screaming.
The Anchors 9/10 - This song has one of their best screaming parts to date. Don't fear though, because the singing's just as prevalent in this song. This song is about the power of words.
Curse of Perfect Days 9/10 - The most catchy song on the album. It starts of slow before the screaming comes in, then the chorus will have you singing along. Nothing to complain about here. Your typical Emery doing what they do best.
You Wanted It 10/10 - This song conveys the overall theme of the album. It's a haunting conversation between God and a selfish person who is doing what they want. The bridge nearly brought tears to my eyes ("And all the nights that you cried in your bed, hoping I was there but you told yourself you’re old and alone").
I'm Not Here For Rage... 9.5/10 - This song is a little more poppy, but good nonetheless. The chugging guitars in the verses are awesome. The guitar solo, written by ABR's JB Brubaker, is great too.
Daddy's Little Peach 8/10 - A much more mellow song than the others. It doesn't start screaming until the end. But it is catchy and will get stuck in your head.
Addicted To Bad Decisions 9/10 - This song is almost pop-punk since there's no screaming. It just shows that an Emery song doesn't need screaming to be good. It is a song about relationships.
I Never Got To See The West Coast 8/10 - A very mellow acoustic song. It's a touching song about the consequences of walking away from God and doing what you want.
Fix Me 9/10 - Another slow acoustic song. This song is about Jesus taking all the pain of doing what you want. Simple lyrics like "Jesus fix me," show you what the band is all about.
Overall 9/10 - This album is not as heavy as Solid State made it sound, but it's good Emery anyway. They are just doing what they do best, which is crank out some catchy screamo tunes. Keep doing what you want, Emery!
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