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Emery
The Question
Tootrh And Nail Records
www.emerymusic.com


Right from track one I know that these guys are different. In this one song so many things are just done so correctly, from the intensity of the chorus to the measured rhythm of the drums; everything just meshes into a coherently diverse and beautiful tapestry of sound. It is these elements of differentiation that really lock it in for me with this band - so many variations in theme and tempo within each song show me there is more here than I could ever scratch the surface of with description.

I imagine this is what Queensryche would have sounded like if they had evolved past the late eighties and survived the alternative nineties, picking up a lot of lessons learned. Needless to say, this music is epic and accessible at the same time, covering vast themes that strike a chord in all of us. While on the whole the material is of a harder edge, it is the alternating of the cultured lead vocal and well placed growl of the backing that give a greater sense of spectrum.

Production is perfect providing all of the emphasis to carry the changes and accent each instrument's powers and balancing them against the whole. Drums show considerable restraint in giving the backbone to songs, yet throwing in occasion interesting riffs that show there is more there. Guitars have the greatest impact in the overall atmosphere of individual songs and adequately mix up the feeling with effect choices throughout. Vocals and backing dance delicately giving energy and hooks to already solid material, particularly emphasized within breaks and changes. And on top of that they throw in a subtle influencing keyboard that mostly sticks to the background, filling nuances to further stick the points of songs home.

Back to front, this is a good album, which has great production, great material and a truly talented band to carry it forth. You should check it out.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) So Cold I Could See My Breath
2) Playing With Fire
3) Returning The Smile You Have Had From The Start
4) Studying Politics
5) Left With Alibis And Lying Eyes
6) Listening To Freddie Mercury
7) The Weakest
8) Miss Behavin'
9) In Between 4th And 2nd Street
10) The Terrible Secret
11) In A Lose, Lose Situation
12) In A Win, Win Situation


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