10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Emarosa’s eponymous third album is their second with frontman Jonny Craig from Dance Gavin Dance. Where 2008’s Relativity found Craig trying to fit his powerfully soulful singing into the open spaces allotted by the band’s more labyrinthine song arrangements, here the Lexington, KY sextet has given him plenty of room to drive their juggernaut with his versatile voice upfront. Right from the opening “A Toast to the Future Kids!” Craig powers his inflections to the far corners of his range, proving him to be one of the most talented singers of the post-hardcore genre. Although the band’s knack for hammering out semi-progressive arrangements is deliberately (and perhaps strategically) overshadowed by Craig’s presence, their musicianship is still vacuum tight, especially on the ascending parts of “Share the Sunshine Young Blood” and more noticeably on “Truth Hurts While Laying On Your Back,” where a locked-in rhythm section serves as a foundation for continually climbing guitars that vine and twist upward and around Craig’s crooned crescendos.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Emarosa’s eponymous third album is their second with frontman Jonny Craig from Dance Gavin Dance. Where 2008’s Relativity found Craig trying to fit his powerfully soulful singing into the open spaces allotted by the band’s more labyrinthine song arrangements, here the Lexington, KY sextet has given him plenty of room to drive their juggernaut with his versatile voice upfront. Right from the opening “A Toast to the Future Kids!” Craig powers his inflections to the far corners of his range, proving him to be one of the most talented singers of the post-hardcore genre. Although the band’s knack for hammering out semi-progressive arrangements is deliberately (and perhaps strategically) overshadowed by Craig’s presence, their musicianship is still vacuum tight, especially on the ascending parts of “Share the Sunshine Young Blood” and more noticeably on “Truth Hurts While Laying On Your Back,” where a locked-in rhythm section serves as a foundation for continually climbing guitars that vine and twist upward and around Craig’s crooned crescendos.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
674 Ratings

674 Ratings

From Andy ,

Growth

If you enjoyed Relativity you'll enjoy Emarosa's self titled album. Jonny Craig takes no chances on this album, it appears Emarosa is content at where they are right now. If they have a desire to further themselves, it surely isn't evidenced in this album nearly as much as it was in Relativity or This Is Your Way Out. To answer your question, yes, I am a fan of Chris Roetter and I mourn what Emarosa could have been. However I enjoy all of Jonny Craig's projects from Dance Gavin Dance to Isles & Glaciers to his solo album. We all know Jonny Craig is a brilliant vocalist, but what else does he have to offer? His writing hasn't progressed much and his vocals remain static and unwavering. Most of the songs of the self titled feel like they were B-Sides of Relativity, and after such a long wait, I feel cheated.

elp3 ,

Simply Incredible

This couldn't have been better. This album sounds like Jonny put more soul in his voice, in this album, than Relativity. It seems he's progressed and just gets better and better. I'd love to hear more acoustic in the future from them. The songs that stand out the most to me are

Pretend.Relive.Regret - Lyrically and his voice
Share the Sunshine Young Blood - You'll have that guitar riff stuck in your head
Truth Hurts While Laying on Your Back - Drums are an instant ear catcher
I Still Feel Her, Pt. 4 - Just a long story that never gets old hearing.
We Are Life- Amazing way to close this album. Best chourus (get stuck in your head! haha)

Overall, this album is amazing. Check their myspace if you're still unceartain. But, how could you be?! haha

Langbanger5000 ,

Worth The Wait!!!

I've been waiting three years for this- the return of Jonny Craig's Emarosa. After his solo album and stint with Isles and Glaciers, It's good to hear Jonny get back to where he sounded best. The entire album is brilliant and original, but stays faithful to the sound of Relativity. Buy this album- you won't be disappointed. Perfect!

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