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EDITORS’ NOTES

This Canadian sextet put matters of the heart first and foremost on this likeable if undemanding entry into the country-pop sweepstakes. Emerson Drive’s sound goes easy on the twang factor, taking more than a few cues from co-producer Richard Marx’s ‘80s-era hits. Though Pat Allingham’s fiddle licks add a down-home touch, the arrangements lean as much towards light rock and R&B as anything countrified. Vocals are the band’s big drawing card, with lead singer Brad Mates projecting a tender yet masculine presence. Seamless harmonies lift the choruses on “Fall Into Me,””Say My Name,””Light of Day” and similar tunes. From flirtation (“Looking Over My Shoulder”) to infatuation (“I Should Be Sleeping”) and devotion (“Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)”), the songs offer a positive spin on romance. There are some steamy moments, such as Mates’ growl-tinged delivery on “Hollywood Kiss.” Emerson Drive is consistently tuneful and smoothly played, the perfect accompaniment for a trip down lover’s lane.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Canadian sextet put matters of the heart first and foremost on this likeable if undemanding entry into the country-pop sweepstakes. Emerson Drive’s sound goes easy on the twang factor, taking more than a few cues from co-producer Richard Marx’s ‘80s-era hits. Though Pat Allingham’s fiddle licks add a down-home touch, the arrangements lean as much towards light rock and R&B as anything countrified. Vocals are the band’s big drawing card, with lead singer Brad Mates projecting a tender yet masculine presence. Seamless harmonies lift the choruses on “Fall Into Me,””Say My Name,””Light of Day” and similar tunes. From flirtation (“Looking Over My Shoulder”) to infatuation (“I Should Be Sleeping”) and devotion (“Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)”), the songs offer a positive spin on romance. There are some steamy moments, such as Mates’ growl-tinged delivery on “Hollywood Kiss.” Emerson Drive is consistently tuneful and smoothly played, the perfect accompaniment for a trip down lover’s lane.

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About Emerson Drive

Emerson Drive began in the western Alberta town of Grand Prairie, where singer Brad Mates, bassist Jeff Loberg, fiddler Pat Allingham, and keyboardist Chris Hartman began honing their sound as high-school talent-show competitors. After everyone came on board, they chose the name 12 Gauge, refurbished a rickety old school bus, and began gigging throughout Canada. Eventually guitarist Danick Dupelle and drummer Mike Melocon joined up, and new manager Gerry Leiske sent the young sextet out on the road yet again. The six hard years of touring paid off when a Nashville showcase impressed industry powerhouse Dreamworks into offering a contract in 2001. The band's self-titled debut arrived in May of the following year. Produced by Richard Marx, the album was a slick pop-country affair that had as much in common with boy bands like BBMak as it did with country new traditionalists such as Mark Wills. ~ Johnny Loftus

  • ORIGIN
    Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

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