The Weak's Endby Emery
Emery defines an extreme separation between their screaming and singing sides on Weak's End, their debut for Tooth & Nail. Opener "Walls," and the similarly-arranged "Ponytail Parades" do occasionally burst forth with hardcore-inspired screeching. But the louder, crazier moments are tightly regimented from the tracks' normal baroque and dreamy flow. The definition seems like a conscious effort to make a strong statement while still making accessible, emo-inflected music. Emery doesn't really make clear what that statement is; they prefer to suggest that it's there before drifting into opaque lyricisms that mull over personal pain and a general world-weariness. "By All Accounts [Today Was a Disaster]," "Fractions," and "Note From Which a Chord Is Built" form an ambitious midsection for the record -- they're impeccably-paced mini epics, even if they don't amount to much in the end. Best might be "Under Serious Attack," which blends rousing post-hardcore emotion with weird jazzy interludes and a veritable treasure chest of reverb vocals. Those who think of Thursday or Spirit That Guides Us as wavering too much toward sonic experimentation -- at the expense of songs -- might like Emery's more subtle approach.
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- Tooth & Nail Records
Performance CreditsEmery Primary Artist
Technical CreditsEd Rose Producer,Engineer
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This is possibly the best cd of 2004 up through July! The hard rocking guitar riffs along with the screaming/singing vocals make this a cd that you can listen to over and over again and not get tired of hearing! Each song is unique which sets this band apart. "Walls" starts the cd out brilliantly with a screaming "Are you listening?" The cd takes off from there. My favorite track on the cd, "As Your Voice Fades", starts out quietly and then builds up into a screaming section of the song. At the end, the singing and screaming are mixed so well it makes you want to cry. In the end, this cd is 6 stars out of 5 and i think anyone interested in the screamo genre needs to buy this album!
The music is hard and soft, screaming and singing, shouting and whispering. If you like good music that will make you bang your head one minute and slowly nod it the next, this is your CD. Sonically, Emery is like taking the best of several bands like Further Seems Forever, the juliana theory, and the Evan Anthem and mixes it together. They are incredible performers, as well as all around nice guys. (Met them at a recent show, great group of guys!!) Get this CD!
Even though I'm not a fan of this kind of music, Toby Morrell (SPUD!!!) is my cousin, and though he's across the country, his little British cousin would love for this album to be nominated for SOME kind of award!!!!
Emery is an absolutely phenomenal band! There sound is one of a kind and totally original! Even Evanescence, one of the best bands in the history of the universe, can't compete with them!