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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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

672 Ratings

Growth

From Andy,

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.

Simply Incredible

elp3,

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

About Emarosa

Emarosa is a post-hardcore band from Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 2006 by Chris Roetter (vocals), ER White (guitar), Will Sowers (bass), Lukas Koszewski (drums), and Jordan Stewart (keyboards), the band recorded its seven-track debut EP, This Is Your Way Out, in 2007, along with rhythm guitarist Madison Stolzer. The band signed with Rise Records for its full-length debut, 2008's Relativity, which featured new vocalist Jonny Craig (formerly of the Rise Records-affiliated band Dance Gavin Dance) replacing Roetter, and guitarist Jonas Ladekjaer replacing Stolzer. The album introduced elements of R&B and alternative rock to the band's sound, and proved popular in the post-hardcore underground, selling well enough to break into the Billboard 200 albums chart and also register on the Heatseekers chart.

The self-titled Emarosa album from 2010 outperformed the band's debut, peaking at number 69. In 2011, after parting with Craig, Emarosa recruited Tilian Pearson from Tides of Man. Even when Craig returned for a brief stint in 2013, it was not for long; he left to form Slaves, and Bradley Scott Walden of Squid the Whale became Emarosa's permanent vocalist. The band began recording late in 2013, and emerged in September 2014 with Versus, its highest-charting album to date, peaking at number 61 on the Billboard 200. Both Ladekjaer and Koszewski amicably departed Emarosa shortly afterward. Touring rhythm guitarist Matthew Marcellus (This or the Apocalypse) and drummer Branden Morgan were recruited as replacements in 2015. After Sowers left the group, Emarosa signed with Hopeless Records. Their first release for that label was 2016's 131. ~ Jason Birchmeier

  • ORIGIN
    Lexington, KY
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2006

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