Sound — 10
Emarosa is an experimental post-hardcore band. Their sound is somewhat a mixture of Circa Survive and Fear Before, retaining the heavier elements of both of those bands. Actually, except for the splattering of acoustic parts layered on a few of the songs, the entire album is a mind shattering, full frontal assault on the ears, as the two guitarists do not let up, even on the albums two instrumental interludes (Even Bad Men Love Their Mothers and It's Cold in the Shade Lets Move to the Sun). The songs are all well crafted and the instruments are layered perfectly. The bass and drums compliment each other very well, and the singer, Jonny Craig, is probably the best singer in all of hardcore.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics deal with Jonny Craig's leaving his previous band, Dance Gavin Dance (Pretend. Release. The Close., and Set It Off Like Napalm), personal reflections of a higher power (Sailing In The Dark Isn't Smart, Kid! ), and other personal problems (What's A Clock Without the Batteries? ). Jonny is a little hard to understand when he is singing full out, but that does not take away from the pure awesomeness in his voice. Imagine Anthony Green of Circa Survive, but give him more dynamics and lower him about an octave. Craig's lyrics are thought-provoking and fit well with the songs, and he even got his mother to sing with him on one of the album's interlude songs (Even Bad Men Love Their Mothers). This is probably the best part of the band.
Overall Impression — 10
Emarosa is without a doubt my favorite band at the moment. Relativity is one of the few albums that you can purchase, put in your car or stereo system, play it all the way through without skipping a song, then start it over just to be amazed all over again. I can think of no higher compliment than that.