11 Songs, 47 Minutes

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4.7 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings
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A good effort overall, with a few gems.

This sort of music is normally not my thing, but after hearing the wonderful "Black to the dreamlight" as the closing music on Black Clover, I had to investigate the group a little bit more. What I found was a decent, if mixed-bag of manufactured pop from a group that shows a lot of potential for heartfelt songcraft set to contemporary danceable rhythms. The highlight track is the opening one, "FOR EXAMPLE???" as it somehow manages to be upbeat, danceable while still sounding scorched by emotional voice work.

The rest of the album is relentlessly upbeat, high energy "girl band" fodder, although there's certainly nothing wrong with that, and tracks like "Buttocks beat! beat!" are worth owning for the odd title alone.

"TOKYO MOONLiGHT" might be the sleeper song of the album, when all's said and done. It does not really partake of the excesses of some of the other tracks, and remains better for showing some restraint.

I can't wait to see how the group's sound evolves next.

Artujoel

Awesome

This group sing the ending of black clover and is one of my favorite ending I love this song

LeeHyeri94

So good

Honestly a well put together album no bad songs

About EMPiRE

Empire had its origins in the demise of the band Flash -- in fact, for a short while its name was simply Flash Mk. II. Guitarist Peter Banks, formerly of Yes, emerged from management disputes of Flash to pull together a band of jam-mates in the loosely structured ZOX and the Radar Boys. These jams had featured Phil Collins behind the drums, though his commitment to Genesis meant that he could only sit in on a few tracks of the 1974 recording sessions for the newly named Empire.

The sound of Empire had distinct progressive elements, as one might expect with both Banks and Collins around. Their recordings, though, were marked by a willingness to dip into a wide variety of musical genres, from blues to country blues. The band was also unusual among progressive bands in being fronted by a woman. Although Renaissance had the ethereal voice of Annie Haslam, Empire's Sydney Foxx provided a notable counterpoint to the band's complexity by with her strong bluesy vocals, not unlike Lydia Pense or even Janis Joplin at times.

Empire's work brought little success, though. Despite some anticipation among the pop music press, Banks and Foxx were unable to land distribution for their work either in Britain or the U.S. Still clinging to hope, the group recorded two more albums in the '70s but to no avail. It was to be two decades before One Way released them on CD; and while not exactly lost classics, the albums are of a high enough quality that it's unfortunate that the band was unable to get any footing before its breakup in 1980. ~ Paul Collins

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