Review: Emery - I'm Only a Man
- Artist: Emery
- Album: I'm Only a Man
- Release date: 2007
- Record label: Tooth & Nail Records
- Track listing:
- "The Party Song"
- "World Away"
- "After the Devil Beats His Wife"
- "Can't Stop the Killer"
- "Story About a Man with a Bad Heart"
- "Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus"
- "What Makes a Man a Man"
- "The Movie Song"
- "You Think You're Nickel Slick (But I Got Your Penny Change)
- "From Crib to Coffin"
In honor of Halloween, I posted the least scary album I could've reviewed. I planned on having one that was probably the craziest cover I've seen yet. I'll have to get working on that. Anyways, the cover art certainly has the Halloween theme.
"Rock-N-Rule" starts off the album. It's a pretty good song, though I'm not sure what the basis behind the message is. It's very mellow and melodic for a while. I really enjoy the melodic hardcore parts.
"The Party Song" is a fast song. Most of Emery's song are very emotional. I get a Relient K feel when I listen to them.
"World Away" is an ok track. I'm not a big emo fan (as most of you would know), but this is ok. The problem is I can't tell which songs Vocalist Devin Shelton sings or which songs Vocalist Toby Morrell sings. I think I'm catching on but I'm still unsure.
"After the Devil Beats His Wife" has a weird sound. Especially with that title. There is weird guitar sounds and a lot of ride cymbal. 'We're going to drown in the river, I cannot swim any farther!' Guitarist Matt Carter does pull off a cool guitar solo though. After 3:00 the screaming comes in so that's good!
"Can't Stop the Killer" is a good song. Lyrically heavy but musically not really. The keys and percussion on this track make it very interesting. 'Your family's a joke, your jobs your life.'
"Story About a Man with a Bad Heart" starts singing about a girlfriend or wife. Essentially all of Emery's songs are either about emotions or girls, and the two usually go hand-in-hand.
"Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus" is a song I really enjoy. It sounds like "Can't Stop the Killer" to be honest. The song is soft, then aggressive, then programmed! And back again. 'You know what they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, but the questions remain, until you can't take it any longer' The song is pretty good. Then Drummer David Powell takes it into a hard rock style. Even Keyboardist Josh Head or Morrell bring in the screaming.
"What Makes a Man a Man" starts of with a acoustic guitar then the whole band comes in with the drums sounding very atmospheric. The piano makes the song all the more beautiful. Once again, they start talking about girls and makes anyone single (me) depressed out of their minds! They really know what makes a man a man don't they? (See what I did there?)
"The Movie Song" is, once again, talking about girls 'stealing the spotlight' in a sense. Musically, it's very good. The backing vocals make it good for me. It sounds more hardcore with gang vocals.
"You Think Your Nickel Slick (But I Got Your Penny Change)" is a pretty good song. It's kind of dark sounding with the dirty guitars, the dark bass, the eery keyboards and the filling drums. 'You're driving, so take the wheel' is when the screaming comes in!
"From Crib to Coffin", considering the genre, is a good way to end regular the album (I have the Special Edition). Musically it's awesome! It starts off very somber and then gets lit! The hardcore vocals makes them sound like August Burns Red. I've never listened to this band I'm about to mention but with the mixture of Relient K and August Burns Red, I'm going to say Emery probably sounds similar to A Day to Remember. The song is 10 minutes long. There is plenty of acoustic guitars, programming and piano to go around in this song. Near the last few minutes, the song becomes more ambient and chaotic.
Sounds Like: Relient K, Underøath
- Toby Morrell - Clean & Unclean Vocals, Bass
- Devin Shelton - Clean Vocals, Bass
- Josh Head - Keyboards, Unclean Vocals
- Matt Carter - Guitars
- Dave Powell - Drums, Percussion
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