Relativity Review

artist: Emarosa date: 03/02/2009 category: compact discs
Emarosa: Relativity
Release Date: Jul 8, 2008
Label: Rise
Genres: Alternative Pop/Rock, Emo
Number Of Tracks: 12
If you're a post hardcore fan, then Emarosa's "Relativity" is a must have.
 Sound: 9.5
 Lyrics: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 9
Relativity Reviewed by: ryot44, on august 22, 2008
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Sound: If you're a post hardcore fan, then Emarosa's "Relativity" is a must have. Emarosa's old singer was replaced with Dance Gavin Dance's frontman and their sound is much more alive and intense. Emarosa uses a lot of experimental guitar that allows their music to become breath-taking. Songs such as the opener of the album "The Past Should Stay Dead", has electrifying vocals and almost has a rush coming from it. The only drawback is many of the songs in their own way sound a lot alike (again in their own way). Diehard fans of Dance Gavin Dance may not like or agree with the lead singer's new sound, but for many post hardcore fans, this album is a must have. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics are very well thought of and well planned on where to place them. For example, a portion in the song that needs lyrics will have them there, and others that don't, won't have them. They have striking lyrics as well that know how to touch people such as in their song "Set It Off Like Napalm". The lyrics aren't to metaphorical either which is a plus in some ways, but they seem to be missing a little of something that could make you want to listen to it again. Altogether, Emarosa didn't really do a bad job at all coming up with lyrics or where to place them either. // 9

Overall Impression: Altogether, Emarosa's new sound is amazing. Their guitar again is electrifying and in many ways "new". Fans of screamo may not like them compared on how they used to sound, but post hardcore fans can't really complain. The CD is worth buying if you really like this kind of music. I remember I had to figure out which band this was the first time I heard them in Hot Topic. Their album is definately worth buying or at least worth giving a chance. // 9

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overall: 10
Relativity Reviewed by: Bassman 561, on march 02, 2009
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Sound: 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. // 10

Lyrics: 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. // 10

Overall Impression: 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. // 10

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