Emery
While Broken Hearts Prevail


3.5
great

Review

by Justin Taslak USER (30 Reviews)
October 28th, 2008 | 54 replies | 16,980 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Getting back on track.

While my emotional attachment to Emery isn’t quite as lofty as others’, I’ve still enjoyed just about everything I’ve heard from the band. Their rather generic blend of pop-punk and post-hardcore hardly brings anything new to the table, yet it somehow manages to be thoroughly pleasing. Maybe it’s Toby Morrell’s vocals, which won’t reach nearly as high as, say, Anthony Green’s, but remain impacting and are a constant positive of the band. Even the painstakingly bad I’m Only A Man had strong vocals. Average instrumental work throughout their career has recently favored a poppy feel, slightly for the worse. The aforementioned dud of their discography resulted in many fans completely dropping the band. Then The Smile The Face showed up on Emery’s myspace, and many a fan rejoiced. It was quite good. Endless hype over the band’s upcoming EP ensued, as expected. While not entirely deserving of the hype due to some obnoxious moments and a couple plain average songs, While Broken Hearts Prevail is a wonderful return to form for Emery.

While Broken Hearts Prevail can cater to multiple emotions. I tend to prefer the more light-hearted moments on the album, singing along or bobbing up and down and the like. The Smile The Face and Say The Things (You Want) are both ridiculously catchy, with the former incorporating a couple bouts of screaming and tremendous vocal hooks, and the latter taking on a more traditional style for the genre (try to see how many times we can throw this catchy chorus into a 3-minute song). Ten Talents follows by hitting on the album’s other expressive level. As good as most of these songs are, I find very little impact in them due to the lyrics and the often irritating keyboard moments. The band’s lyrics, mostly if not always pertaining to stories of overwrought teen-angst, are very simplistic, and have never really been impressive for that matter either.

“I'll say the words that you want
I though that you love me but you don't, you don't
And now its two become three
If you're hurting I can't see
And you're taking what’s left of me”

That might be acceptable for a chorus, but it’s a verse. There’s some inconsistency though, as every once in a while a few nice lines might jump out at you. The lyrics are a focal point with this album because it is primarily vocal driven; the guitar doesn’t do nearly as much as it has done in the past, and well, the keyboard parts are again irksome. I can no longer listen to Always Depends, because the main instrumental bit is so corny and downright infuriating. Although it does benefit the EP in the long run, there are other places where the keyboard feels like an unnecessary addition. That said, Josh Head does an excellent job on Thoughtlife. Apart from the good, the bad, and the ugly, there are a couple bits of the album that don’t strike me as anything at all, namely Edge Of The World. It does nothing better than other songs on the album, and is fairly boring. It would be nice if the song lengths were a bit more varied as well; the one track under 3-minutes is possibly the best on the album.

All things considered, While Broken Hearts Prevail does in fact live up to its hype, not entirely but an adequate amount. It’s pretentious without the pretension, if that makes any sense at all. It would be suitable for naïve and mature audiences, delivering a simple, overdone message in a more desirable fashion; it feels like they spent a solid amount of time recording this. It is a great album, but the vocals will remain the ultimate factor that plays in a personal decision to like or dislike the album. If you hate them, Emery simply has nothing to offer for you. If you love them, go out and buy this.

Top Three:
The Smile The Face
Thoughtlife
Say The Things (You Want)/Do The Things (You Want)

3.5/5



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Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
Let's write the songs they want. I thought they'd love us, but they don't, they don't....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
marksellsuswallets
October 28th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

W@$(*HG()RU(W* JUSTIN!!!!

And that little first sentence wouldn't happen to be about me would it?This Message Edited On 10.28.08

bustyagunz
October 28th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sorry about having two reviews up front =/, and blegh this is shorter than I thought it would be
a bit overrated but still very good.

bustyagunz
October 28th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha , wallets throw urs up too
im sure its better and im sure it's a 4

you were my inspiration for it, but it relates to many peopleThis Message Edited On 10.28.08

marksellsuswallets
October 28th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah mines a 3.5 too haha...Ten Talents and Always Depends just don't really hold up for me...but the others are really great songs (especially The Smile The Face omg) but yeah...that little "I love you still" bit in Ten Talents was so corny it made me gag a bit haha...

Eh my review for this was a bit lackluster...guess I put all my Emery love into my The Question review haha...I'm working on a couple others right now so I guess I'll just finish those up before going back to this (if I do)This Message Edited On 10.28.08

bustyagunz
October 28th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yup, /agree

it was a bit hard to review this in detail because it is so straightforward.
and before anyone points it out, i recommended two tracks as the third because they are really similar, just one is energetic and the other a lot calmer.This Message Edited On 10.28.08

roofi
October 28th 2008


959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So much better than I'm Only a Man.

Platonism
October 28th 2008


168 Comments


This band is completely homo.

handoman
October 28th 2008


2386 Comments


is The Question better?

marksellsuswallets
October 28th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well this is an EP and 2 songs are meh...The 4 good songs on here are great though...

DaveBum69
October 28th 2008


699 Comments


I want to know is it always depends a recording from there first ep

bustyagunz
October 28th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i know the title of this ep is out of their first ep, and yea the question is prolly better than this

but It Always Depends sux so it doesnt matterThis Message Edited On 10.28.08

KritikalMotion
October 29th 2008


2261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im only a man was a fucking atrocity.

this is good with certain sprinkles of awesomeness that i love.

the smile the face is pretty fucking good. probably one of the best emery songs.This Message Edited On 10.29.08

Digging: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

atrink2
October 29th 2008


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

way better compared to what i heard on im only a man. i think that every song is better than anything on i'm only a manThis Message Edited On 10.30.08

PatchworkNeurology
October 30th 2008


352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is great.
Thankfully Emery is doing something right again.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2008


17212 Comments


congrats on the feature.

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

bustyagunz
November 2nd 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha thanks


marksellsuswallets
November 2nd 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review is terrible and doesn't deserve to be featured...BAH HUMBUG!!!
jkz...

bustyagunz
November 2nd 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i actually think i rushed it far too much,,,, it reads really rushed.
sorry about your possible thunder wallets =(

bastard
November 2nd 2008


3435 Comments



congrats on the feature.


botb
November 3rd 2008


9673 Comments


to be absolutely honest the smile, the face is my favorite thing emery has ever done. this leaked but only with 5 tracks, imma have to pick this up with the bonus track.



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