Emery
...In Shallow Seas We Sail


1.5
very poor

Review

by crandynewman USER (38 Reviews)
February 9th, 2012 | 79 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is overrated post hardcore at its worst. Are you sure there are two vocalists??

Emery has always sort of confused me. Their writing has always been pretty mediocre and they never really cross over into that point of being catchy like some post-hardcore bands such as Thrice (early) and Senses Fail. They always sit right in the middle, never being completely offensive to the ears but also never really doing anything to stand apart from the pack, themselves. And from the first song on this album, its painfully clear that this is just another post hardcore album in a sea of others. Although it does come out and hit very hard with the first song, its a hookless song that lacks any memorable parts whatsoever. And are there really two vocalists for this band? If so, they're singing voices sound exactly the same. There is a middle of the road scream and a really high pitched scream, so maybe that's where their differences come in.

The biggest problem is that this album all sounds rather similar, it all kind of has that rise and fall casually strolling from song section to song section. Sometimes some songs start out softer than others like Inside Our Skin, which adds a bit of variety but for the most part it all has the same scream clean scream clean scream clean formula. And did I mention that the singers both sound the same, are they brothers or something? They have the exact same voice, it's not like Paul and George where they may sound a little similar but are altogether distinguishable, its literally impossible to tell. It really GRATES on my nerves.

To be fair this album isn't all bad. It does have the occasional pretty guitar line or keyboard line but it all really sounds so manufactured by an assembly line, processing the same posthardcore riffs and fake emotional vocals and then tweaking them very very slightly for each song. This album has too uniform of a sound and after several listens I still can't even pick the songs out from each other for the most part, other than maybe the Dear Death closers and that's mostly because they're the finale and therefore slightly more memorable. It's generic music exectued as generically as possible, nothing more, maybe less.



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crandynewman
February 9th 2012


799 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this one makes me mad because the band has potential

WeepingBanana
February 9th 2012


10145 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

now this is a rating i can agree with

but it's probably shitty writing idk i'm not gonna read it

DarthMann
February 9th 2012


13815 Comments


lol sucks

DarthMann
February 9th 2012


13815 Comments


it really annoys me because he must live somwehere in the southern hemisphere because he always posts reviews just after I do its so fucking annoying

Scoot
February 9th 2012


17752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

emery biography

TooLateToGoBack
February 9th 2012


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Love you, Crandy

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crandynewman
February 9th 2012


799 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"it really annoys me because he must live somwehere in the southern hemisphere because he always posts reviews just after I do its so fucking annoying"

i live in america i just have a weird schedule

crandynewman
February 9th 2012


799 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

and thanks, toolate!!

xandermander
February 9th 2012


626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Reads like a ranty soundoff

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2012


23819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

try harder

Pentagon
February 9th 2012


1998 Comments


eh.

crandynewman
February 9th 2012


799 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"try harder"

actually i spent a lot of time on this one

"Reads like a ranty soundoff"

sorry you feel that way xander

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2012


31163 Comments


So what happens when you run out of highly rated Sputnik albums to review?

I'M DYING TO KNOW

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2012


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Hi everyone.

I'm gonna go listen to "early Thrice" now, because its, you know, really "catchy".

porch
February 9th 2012


8460 Comments


not a terrible review

Island
February 9th 2012


577 Comments


you never answered my question crandy

omnipanzer
February 9th 2012


21451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Excellent review
POS sir.

MO
February 9th 2012


18678 Comments


this review really GRATES me, even though I could give two fucks about post hardcore lol

Funeralopolis
February 9th 2012


11354 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

both are correct so I hear

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ConsiderPhlebas
February 9th 2012


6157 Comments


Strange review



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