Emarosa
Relativity


2.5
average

Review

by Ryan Williford USER (48 Reviews)
July 18th, 2008 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Craig does not fit the band, the vocals should have been layered, the guitars and drums save the album, and the bass is hardly heard at all. There is some potential in this band though.

When a band loses their vocalist, the next album is either much better than the last or much worst. This being my first experience with Emarosa I can not compare to anything else. I did learn that Emarosa hails from Lexington, Kentucky and tapped Kris Crummett (Fear Before the March Of Flames, Dance Gavin Dance, Drop Dead Gorgeous) to record the album with. When A Skylit Drive released their new album to many disappointed fans there was talking about looking forward to the new Emarosa. Well their debut full-length “Relativity” hit stores July 8th. Is this any better than A Skylit Drive?

The best part of the album is the two-part finale “I Still Feel Her (Part I)” and “A City Called Coma (Part II)”, which starts with a great opening guitar riff with Jonny Craig starting the song off by singing. Craig's vocals are very bearable on these two tracks; it may be because he does not use his high-pitched vocals. The drums are very simple, but they really lay a great foundation for the songs. The bass is heard a couple of times throughout these two tracks, most predominately in the middle of "I Still Feel Her (Part I)". A great drum line starts with cymbals that lead into a snare line that ends back at cymbals.

The great guitars found throughout "I Still Feel Her (Part I)" flows smoothly into "A City Called Coma (Part II)" while Craig goes into his scream but restrains from hitting his highest pitch. Jonny Craig puts his emotions into his singing on these two songs, and it really makes for a great finish to an otherwise lackluster album. Synth is featured widely in the middle of the song before the drums comes back into play and shows some great drumming. The last minute or so of "A City Calles Coma (Part II)" is good and shows how much potential the band has if Craig keeps away from the high pitch he uses that ruins this album.

The worst part of the album is the opening track, "The Past Should Stay Dead". The song starts with Jonny Craig's high-pitched vocals that is just too high and comes off badly and forced. The song features some generic standard guitar riffs while the drums are your run of the mill simple drums. Near the beginning part of the middle, you hear some potential upswing, but then it quickly fades away with the backing vocals and the guitars that follow. Craig's vocals do get slightly better when he starts singing on the track. Another problem with the track is that the bass is hardly heard at all while it follows the drums. This song does do one good thing though; it is the best reason to show that Craig's vocals needs to be layered.

The rest of the album falls in between these three tracks, in more ways than one. There is some competition for best and worst songs. "Set It Off Like Napalm" was in contention for the best song, but it just got outlasted by the two part finale that flowed well together. On the worst song side, you have the two instrumentals, "Even Bad Men Love Their Mothers" and "It's Cold In The Shade, Let's Move To The Sun....” fighting for the title, but they lucked out by not having Craig being featured. One of the major things that comes to mind when listening to the album is that tracks four, five, and six blends into each other, and if you don't pay attention you may think it's all one track of generic Faux Post-Hardcore.

One thing I am surprised is that Jonny Craig went from being a good vocalist in the two vocalists Dance Gavin Dance to a decent at best vocalist by himself. It may be because his vocals are not layered or it maybe because he is trying to make Emarosa into Dance Emarosa Dance. Either way the band should have added a vocalist who has had experience screaming as well as singing. The drums and guitars during the middle of “What’s A Clock Without The Batteries?” is actually good while the guitars on “Just Another Marionette” are generic, chugging guitars. By "Heads or Tails? Real Or Not" Craig’s vocals are getting old and blending together.

Emarosa’s debut full-length is at best a generic crapfest with some high points. The thing that saved this album was the guitars and drums. Is this better than A Skylit Drive’s newest album? A resounding no. Craig does not fit the band, the vocals should have been layered, the guitars and drums save the album, and the bass is hardly heard at all. There is some potential in this band though.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
HighandDriving
July 18th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Is this better than A Skylit Drive’s newest album? A resounding no.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
Scene music lovers shouldn't be bashing music for being scene. Kind of a contradiction.
Also while this band has potential your beloved Skylit Drive are unsavable.

Your writing style is alright but you rarely indulge into explaining your critiques like why should his voiced be layered, you just give a song as evidence. I imagine they knew he was a strong enough vocalist not to be layered up the ying yang.

This review kind of annoyes me especially you not realizing Johnny is better alone and not being hindered by some 2nd rate screamer.This Message Edited On 07.18.08

ToWhatEnd
July 18th 2008


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Basically a 123 with highanddrivings whole post.

SHOOTME
July 18th 2008


2393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, review was sort of meh. I haven't listened to the album though.

encmetalhead
July 18th 2008


744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm not that big of a fan of ASD i'm a big fan of Tragic Hero Records though

i rushed this a bit or i would've talked more abotu thevocals and layering and all that

but TBQH i don't like Craig on this album

SHOOTME
July 18th 2008


2393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i rushed this a bit or i would've talked more abotu thevocals and layering and all that


To me it feels like you've rushed every single one of your reviews. Slow down a bit, take a few days to listen more, correct yourself, only then can you be a reviewing shaolin master.

encmetalhead
July 18th 2008


744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've had this more than a month and i need to get this wrote up cause of the amoutn of presskits i've got on my waiting list

Only thing that was really rusehd was first and last paragraph the rest pretty much was wrote up while i took notes on my 4th listen on itunes

SHOOTME
July 18th 2008


2393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Really?

I am sort of shocked by that, but all right.

Sharkboyyy
July 19th 2008


16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Looking at your past reviews... THIS is a generic crapfest?

...earcheck time, much?

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2008


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The last thing this album needs is vocal layering.

encmetalhead
July 19th 2008


744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Quite a few people don't agree with that statement, me included. If you had heard the 6 song promo that was on the net before the album leaked the layered vocals were awesome

insite
July 19th 2008


4 Comments


much worse than their previous album

HighandDriving
July 19th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That is incorrect.

SHOOTME
July 19th 2008


2393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I would give the same advice to you, as I would for a reviewer with 3 reviews. Read staff reviews, read contributing reviews with over 50 reviews (read Crimson's too), heck, even read some of our fine part-time reviewers (the wizard, Hawks10pec, heck, even me).


Those reviews will give you an idea of what a well-written review looks like, also get someone to check your reviews for grammar errors. I would love to help you with review grammar, so if you would like to send my some of your reviews to check, I will do that.This Message Edited On 07.19.08

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2008


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

enc I really think that you forget your place
and no, layering doesnt work any better. fags might think so though I suppose, although that doesnt excuse you.

encmetalhead
July 19th 2008


744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

SHOOTME, contact me at ryan@albumfreak.net with your email and AIM.

cleary21
July 20th 2008


671 Comments


am i the only one who writes reviews on the sputnik template they give you. i just listen a few times get what i have in mind going and it just rolls, and i don't think my reviews are bad so like idk am i doin it wrong

encmetalhead
July 20th 2008


744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Everyone has their own style. On my last review though, i was told that mine was gettign stale so i decided to mix it up a bit for this one. I kina like it and can probably get it to something where i can throw it in every now and then.

My next review (which was acutally wrote before this one) is a track by track though because of it being an EP

cleary21
July 20th 2008


671 Comments


and yo how do you become a contributor


SHOOTME
July 20th 2008


2393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You write reviews and sound-offs until you get enough pos/negs to become a contributing writer.

FenderUsa
July 20th 2008


582 Comments


How do people have avatars the size of the moon



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