Emery
The Weak's End


4.5
superb

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (70 Reviews)
April 9th, 2010 | 23 replies | 5,288 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Are You Listening?

Are you listening? Just three, simple words. It’s such a simple statement. It doesn’t provoke deep intellectual thought, nor does it have any deep underlying meaning. What you see is what you get. But yet, it’s a bold question. It’s more of a statement than a question really. Are you listening? And in this way, Emery introduced themselves to the world of post-hardcore music. By wailing away with those three words, Emery caught the attention of any one who would listen. With heartfelt lyrics, emotional screams, and beautiful clean vocals it wasn’t to long until Emery began turning heads. The Weaks End is the first real release by Emery, even though they did self-release an EP in 2002. With all of the aforementioned attributes it only took a year or so until Tooth and Nail records picked them up and signed Emery to a 3 album record deal.

Band Members:
Toby Morrell-Vocals
Devin Shelton- Vocals/Guitar
Matt Carter- Guitar
Joel Green- Bass
Josh Head-Keys/vocals
Seth Studley- Drums

As previously mentioned, The Weaks End starts off with by far one of Emery’s biggest hits Walls. As far as openers go for albums, Walls is in a league of its own. It has it all, the raw energy, the loud/soft dynamics and the often used duel vocals of Toby Morrell and Devin Shelton. I know I have mentioned this before in my other Emery reviews, but I feel as though I can’t say it enough. These guys can flat out sing. There are vocal harmonies during just about every single line. On songs where Toby is the “lead” singer Devin complements him so tastefully and discreetly (and vise-versa) that it may take a few listens to actually hear it, but trust me, it is there. Walls continues using simplistic, intertwining guitars, and is all brought together with one of the best endings that Emery has written. With the last breakdown Emery throws in so much emotion and even some creativity using the duel screamer approach. (I’ll have more on that aspect of the music later.) The end product is a song that will stick with you for a long time after you listen to it.

Just about everything on this release is a positive thing. The guitar work from Shelton and Carter, while simple, add an unique dynamic throughout the entire listen and you, as the listener, are never bored. With Disguising Mistakes With Goodbyes both are impressive creating that creative contrast between guitar parts, and they are rarely playing the same thing. Disguising Mistakes With Goodbye is another one of those great songs that, honestly, are found time and time again throughout the album. Bass wise, Joel Green does a very good job with the bass parts that, surprisingly, you can hear during just about every song. For instance in the song Bloodless throughout the entire intro and first verse Joel is on top of his game and lends another great factor to an already great song.

Josh Head, as stated before, is the keyboardist/”screamer”. But if you have ever seen Emery live you might think that he is a hype man. He runs all over the place, jumping off of anything that he can get on top of and dancing to any song that doesn’t involve him playing an instrument. But I’m not saying that keys aren’t used adequately on this recording. Quite to the contrary, Emery’s keys are a great aspect in most of their songs. Fractions starts off with synths and soft singing of Toby. Yes, the lyrics are rather cheesy, but it just happens to work. Clocking in at over 5 minutes Fractions is one of the longer songs, taking the listener all over the spectrum of Emery songs. Fractions ends with a looping synth beat after the only screamed lyrics in the entire song end.

But the best song on the entire cd is As Your Voice Fades, the second to last track. The song is about someone close to the band dying. It’s just dripping with emotion and when you listen you can feel their pain. The 2 screamers work well here, alternating words and telling a story. But the best part has got to be when the singing and screaming are going at the same time, but with different words, each relating a different message that eventually connects.

While Words (your life) evade me (but a moment) I’ll wait to (I’ll cling to) remember (forever) and what you had (your words) meant to me (on my blood) could never be forgotten

With The Weaks End you get 9 great songs and 1 good song( Under Serious Attack), so it’s rather hard to pick out certain songs to talk about but I fell as though the best songs have been mentioned and talked about. With their first release, Emery cemented themselves at the top of post-hardcore/emo music. And for being a first release it is rather amazing how mature Emery sounds, even if the production isn’t as good as some as their later albums. So the question really is Are You Listening



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Comments:Add a Comment 
atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so i'm review the entire emery discography, only two left lol.

so help me out with grammar/spelling mistakes.

heyadam
April 9th 2010



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome review bro. Great album too

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah besides in shallow seas, this cd is my favorite by them as of the moment. but this and the question always moving around in my #2 spot lol

heyadam
April 9th 2010



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha yeah, my all time favorite Emery song is "Fractions". It's such a beautiful song

Spec
April 9th 2010



26834 Comments


I'm not a fan of the band but good review none the less, i'll pos

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fractions is so good. but like i said in my review, there are way to many good songs to go into detail about them all. but i did mention it

and thanks to both of you for the pos's

heyadam
April 9th 2010



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

in the middle of the first paragraph after the band members, it should be "hear" instead of "here". Just so you can fix it whenever lol

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks man. no matter how long i check it over i always miss a few things. ha

heyadam
April 10th 2010



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha everybody does, good luck with the other 2 Emery reviews! I am about to review "Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings" by Counting Crows in a bit

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah dude. Good idea sticking with albums you love for your first couple of reviews

Jonnyborg
April 10th 2010



232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bro, Under Serious Attack is not merely a good song. but that might just be because I've attached all sorts of juvenile crap from 6 years ago to it.

great review. just read it over again, there's some silly spelling errors scattered around

I think The secret gets my vote for the best song on the cd though. so powerful.


heyadam
April 10th 2010



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just can't stop listening to "Fractions". Same here jonnyborg, I have some crazy juvenile attatchement to the song....it brings back great memories

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks jonny

TheAbstruseMeaning
April 10th 2010



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. I love this album. Oh to help you out on the third paragraph from the bottom "storey" should be "story".

Jonnyborg
April 10th 2010



232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great memories, Heya?

man, mine are more like... teenage angst, but okay.

heyadam
April 10th 2010



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well I guess I'm weird like that. "Frations" can be taken by the listener either way, where you feel good and nostalgic or you feel a little depressed. I tend to feel good when I pop in "Fractions" for a listen even though a lot of the album is dark

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks for that typo man

and this album doesn't really have bring back memories. but it is still really really good

bloc
April 10th 2010



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

vrrrrrrrOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


ARE YOU LISTENIIIIIIIIIIIING?!

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

er'rbody loves em some walls

Groink
April 10th 2010



761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent review.



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