Emarosa
131 Reimagined


4.5
superb

Review

by Sebastian USER (76 Reviews)
September 20th, 2017 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Reimagined, this time with beauty.

Typically, 'reimagined' tracks fall into one of two ends of the spectrum; actual reimagining's that add a whole other layer to an already superb track (think Hands Like Houses and I The Mighty), or simple, layered down acoustic tracks that make the listener question just why something like that was needed (practically everyone else). Fortunately, 131 Reimagined falls into the 'whole other layer' category. Allowing vocalist Bradley Walden the peaceful instrumentals his vocals truly excel in conjunction with, on top of picking four already well-crafted tracks, allows for the four-track EP to achieve something worthwhile for fans and casual listeners alike.

Going for a far more stripped-down approach, Emarosa excel at keeping things simple and allowing the star of the show Walden really take control of the songs throughout. Very rarely are there more than one layer of vocals on tracks, resulting in a far more accomplished minimalistic feel. Already a well-proven vocalist in his own right in both Emarosa and Squid the Whale, Bradley takes things to the next level, but not in the more conventional ways. His vocals are far calmer and more methodical, opting for a lower vocal performance than what has been present in the past. Although he still does reach his memorable highs, they come more carefully, particularly on a track like 'Blue'. With an almost unsteady performance, his voice is incredibly engrossing, and melds so incredibly with the instrumentals. The instrumentals, in all of their smooth beauty, really add a memorable deft touch to an already fantastic EP. 'One Car Garage', with its post-rock leanings, incorporates a light bass line that weaves its way through guitar lines and key strokes, before all cutting for the slow burn of the chorus. Further along, 'Helpless' is a standard but well-performed piano ballad that completely transforms and transcends the original in its emotion, whilst the brooding 'Miracle' uses minimalistic brilliantly and is another song that showcases the pure beauty of Walden's voice.

Although 131 Reimagined can just be seen as another reimagined project, that would do injustice to the EP. All four songs are so completely different from their originals in both tone and substance that passing on them would be selling yourself short. It mixes a perfect blend of styles and results in a listen that feels both calm and methodical without sounds un-Emarosa like. And not only does it provide further fuel to the Bradley Walden fire, it gives new life to four tracks that were already fantastic in their own right.

4.5/5



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Drubbi
September 20th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Helpess: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac73_YJJQJA



The other songs aren't on YT yet, but I would highly suggest checking everything else out, this EP is really stellar.

SteakByrnes
September 20th 2017


14339 Comments


I checked Helpless, and was kinda bored by it. Good review tho my dude

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Drubbi
September 20th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah Helpless is probably the most straight-forward one here, I would suggest checking everything else out though.

Drubbi
September 20th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah Helpless is probably the most straight-forward one here, I would suggest checking everything else out though.

Drubbi
September 20th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh fuck off Sputnik.

MarsKid
September 21st 2017


8577 Comments


Not a bad review. One little nitpick:

"Typically, 'reimagined' tracks fall into one of two ends of the spectrum; actual reimagining's that add a whole other layer to an already superb track (think Hands Like Houses and I The Mighty), or simple, layered down acoustic tracks that make the listener question just why something like that was needed (practically everyone else). Fortunately, 131 Reimagined falls into the 'whole other layer' category. "

I think the opening would be more effective if you began with saying how a lot of 'reimagined albums are essentially without substance, then contrasting that with this album which you argue falls outside of the camp. It sets things up better.


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Alias
April 17th 2018


405 Comments


I think your suggestion is good but restructuring the review isn't a nit pick



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