Emery
The Question Re-Release


3.0
good

Review

by NeverFading14 USER (7 Reviews)
December 9th, 2006 | 19 replies | 7,619 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Emery is a Christian progressive post-hardcore band from Seattle, Washington named after a first grader that the lead singer met in college. They were formed early on in South Carolina but moved to the West Coast in search of a better musical environment.

Over the last 4 years they've gathered a large indie/emo fan base that consists of many 14-19 year olds with glasses and tight jeans that fail at moshing.

I'm just going to be reviewing the bonus tracks and the dvd in this review.

1. Playing With Fire (Acoustic) - This song has no acoustic guitar in it, It's all piano driven. Also some light violin played in the background. I never did get into this song much, I always found it boring and slow. As do I again with the acoustic version
3/5

2. The Pony Tail Parade (Acoustic) - Starts out with more piano, This song starts off a bit faster and up-beat. The piano melody reminds me a bit of Boston by Augustina. This is one of my favorite emery songs and I love it even more in acoustic form, The piano goes much better with this song than it did with Playing With Fire. The two vocalists in this song make it so much more emotional and sincere.
4.5/5

3. Walls (Acoustic) - This is my favorite emery song of all time and It is just as good in acoustic form as rock. This acoustic song actually acoustic lead. It starts off with a background scream of "Are you listening?". Half of the first verse is a clean and screamed vocals mixed with acoustic guitar being strummed, First time i've heard screaming in an acoustic remix. The chorus in this song is still extremly catchy as it was before. This song is very up-beat for Emery. There was originally a breakdown at the last minute of the song where the keyboardist screams in the background while the lead singer screams lyrics. The background scream is replaced with a choir like chant while the lead singer peacfully sings the lyrics, I was a bit dissapointed by this but its still pretty anyway.
5/5

4. Fractions (Acoustic) - One of the more cliche songs Emery has written. But still emotional and sincere anyway. The Acoustic riff is suprisingly techy and pretty instead of chords just being strummed. This is probubly one of the better acoustic re-recordings I've ever heard, I would give it a 5/5 but there is this part in the song where the lead singer says "I wanted to mean everything to you, but this isn't right." and it just makes me cringe. Otherwise this song is absolute perfection. The last 24 seconds an acoustic guitar riff comes in with many slides and ALMOST solo-sounding. It pretty much tops off a near-perfect acoustic remake
4.5

5. Studying Politics (Acoustic) - The band's lead single and one of their anthems. This is probubly one of the more cleverly written songs by them, lyrically. This song does have drums in the background which really dissapointed me. Im not a fan of drums being used in acoustic songs. The chorus goes "This is the way it goes, with you a part of it, Nervously saying words that all so tightly fit, It's in the way you sell every word and phrase and leaving me to know how much the meaning weighs." Somehow they make that completly roll of the tongue. This is the most up-beat and fast paced acoustic song they did, Overall I didn't like it as much as the other ones
4/5

6. Death To Inconnveniounce (Demo) - The riff in this song really bothers me, It's high pitched and doesn't go with the song at all. I really do love the lyrics in it though, they all rhyme with a catchy sound. It's a really slow paced song. at the last 40 seconds both singers start screaming "Your driving! So take the wheel!" Which is probubly the highlight of the song
3.5/5

7. Thoughtlife (Demo) - The song starts off with the lead singer saying "My heart, left my chest" in a cliche-like way with chords being strummed in the background. I am quite glad this a demo and wasn't put on the first release of the cd, The song is one big cliche. As big of a emery fan I am I strongly dislike this song and am reminded of Hawthorne Heights from it.
1.5/5

Okay, now on to the dvd. I usually buy the dvds that tooth and nail/Solid State comes out with. Such as Demon Hunter with the re-release of The Triptych, Underoath with the re-release of They're Only Chasing Safety, And The Chariot's dvd on their Unsung EP (Which is very impressive by the way). I was expecting much more because Solid state/tooth and nail dvds are usually well...Very entertaining. Well the only songs they had on the live concert were "Returning The Smile You Had From The Start, So Cold I could See My Breath, Pony Tail Parade, Studying Politics, Walls, And a video of them playing walls when they were first starting off as a band.
I will start off by saying that the lead screamer/Keyboardist's scream has gone to crap. Instead of it being high pitched it dropped down to a whimpy yell. Like he has a sore throat or somthing, But the lead singer's voice sounds pretty close to the cd and is pretty talented, He kinda sounds british.

Another thing I didn't like much with the live performance was they don't have much stage presence except when the screamer/keyboardist takes over. I mean they usually just stand there playing their instruments nodding a bit. every once in a while they'll headbang for 2 seconds or so. The only song where the band was REALLY into it was Walls. the last performance of the concert, I was a bit impressed with that song until the guitarist hit a few wrong notes and a wrong chord or two. Okay now, This song is very easy to play and takes about 20 minutes to learn perfectly and play cleanly. I started laughing when I saw that, then at the 10 second intterlude in the song theres a part where the keyboard plays a melody and the guitar usually goes along with the keyboard, Well instead the guitar player decides to throw in some blues licks which completly ruins the mood of the song. And further more the blues licks were not even in the key of the song which made me laugh. Then they have the end breakdown which...kinda sucks live. Then the band just leaves as the crowd chants "One more song!". the band doesn't play one more song and the concert just ends which makes me laugh harder




Overall I am a very big Emery fan but was extremly dissapointed with the dvd. The acoustic tracks were good but you can listen to just about all of them on their acoustic myspace page. So overall I am regretting spending my money on this cd. So unless you are a DIE DIE DIE hard fan of Emery I wouldn't bother with this.



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ToWhatEnd
December 10th 2006



3172 Comments


That's a bummer about the DVD, I heard this group can be a bit of a dead on stage. I'm still excited to see them at Take Action. Good review itself but your intro was a tad lame. I'll still vote since your track/dvd descriptions were good (which in reality is the focus of the review).

NeverFading14
December 10th 2006



380 Comments


I've actually been to two of their concerts. the first one is when they just released "The Weak's End" and they were amazing that time. the entire show the whole band was headbanging and stage diving and such. Then I saw them this year and they completly sucked and had no energy.

slep
December 10th 2006



1604 Comments


The songs ive heard from this band on their myspace were horrible.

Storm In A Teacup
December 10th 2006



12711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They were entertaining when I saw them sometime about a year ago. I heard they're coming to my town again so that'd be cool, but hopefully they haven't really burnt out like suggested.

BlindGuy1012
December 11th 2006



252 Comments


Well I'm glad I read this review because I had considered getting this, but now that you've enlightened me I don't think I'll be picking this up.

NeverFading14
December 11th 2006



380 Comments


Well if you don't have the first release of The Question I'd for sure get this cd. but if your just getting into Emery you should get The Weak's End

TimJim
December 30th 2006



145 Comments


i didnt care for emerys "the question" but the weaks end was so much better.I almost saw them with hawthorne heights and relient k, but somebody was shot and killed outside the venue, and since detriot is dangerous anyway, i skipped it.

thehardwoods
January 3rd 2007



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I both agree and strongly disagree with the large review given by NeverFading 14. His assesment of the new bonus acoustic tracks were excellent and very well done. I too wish that the live concert shoot would have included more songs, but I thought they were well done and captured their enegry pretty well... you can't feel the exact same thing you would at a live show because you not in the moving mass heaving to the beat (your in your living room)... which "crowd" is a HUGE part of what makes a show high enegry. Maybe the cameras should have had more crowd shots...

Ultimately I felt like the review completely MISSED the most important part of the DVD. THE DOCUMENTARY. It's like an hour and a half of the DVD not even reviewed above. If you like band history and a really amazing story you'll LOVE the DVD. All of the band members talk about how they formed, moving to the west, living in poverty for two years, and landing with "Walls". I've felt like most of Tooth and Nails DVDs were pretty goofy and a waste of time, no real content of value... Emery's Documentary on the DVD was a breath of fresh air. Finally!... a real documentary that gives some history and lets you into the lives of the band members!

NeverFading14
January 5th 2007



380 Comments


Yeah...Im way too lazy to watch the documentary. I could give a damn how a pop/punk/emo/screamo band formed, Just like any other band, They were in high school, they got a band togather then some members left, they got some new members and no their emery, cool let's go masturbate over it

NeverFading14
January 5th 2007



380 Comments


Now their emery*

jordanshowalter182
February 10th 2007



47 Comments


Now they're emery*


I, like thehardwoods and most others, enjoy the documentary and story behind emery... thats half the band right there. I thought it was amazing how they would go for days without eating and travel in crappy conditions with no money to play one show for a small amount of kids. They actually HAVE a story unlike your average pop/punk/emo/screamo band that forms in high school and goes through one or two lineup changes.

bdizfoshiz
February 13th 2007



273 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is actually a pretty good re-release. I'd have to admit that I'm sick of these bands releasing and re-releasing and re-re-releasing every album these days. It gets kind of annoying. The DVD to this is pretty good actually. It shows you how Emery struggled when they started out and how they've grown as a band over the years. The acoustic songs are pretty weak though.

dreamlessblood
April 19th 2007



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with the person above who talked about the documentry. For me it was quite inspiring. But it's probably only for those that really care about it.

Still, it was careless not to include that, especially when you'd bothered to mention the DVD.

Tracks were reviewed though!

TheSunSleeps348
September 19th 2007



156 Comments


"Over the last 4 years they've gathered a large indie/emo fan base that consists of many 14-19 year olds with glasses and tight jeans that fail at moshing."

Probably the most stupid, stereotypical comment ever made. Pointless in the review, and clearly you don't know what "Emo" is, because its not a style. Atleast not originally. Go listen to some Circle Takes the Square and Chasing Victory, so you may "re-define" emo for yourself.

MediocreAtBest
October 2nd 2007



1473 Comments


I heard this group can be a bit of a dead on stage.
This is most definately not true, as they are one of the most energetic bands I have ever seen (I've never been to a show in real life, just seen videos of them).

Anywho, I'm liking the new album...a review is in the works.

MediocreAtBest
October 6th 2007



1473 Comments


Their live shows are pretty varied, actually. Most of the time they are insane but sometimes the shows, like the ones they choose to put on the DVDs that come with their albums, are pretty pathetic. Whatever you do, don't judge their shows on performances like that.

Shotinthehead
October 29th 2007



1 Comments


Based largely on grammar and spelling as well as some poor taste in comparisons and biases, I seem inclined to ignore the reviewer's opinion. I'll be listening to this myself.

Oh and never ignore the subject you're reviewing. It's in terribly poor taste.

cirq
November 1st 2009



9263 Comments


i love the screaming on this one

DotEight
May 15th 2014



5493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Playing with Fire acoustic is just fucking win.



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