DEAD ON ARRIVAL: Emery – We Do What We Want
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8 Comments
I enjoyed Emery for a hot minute back in 2005 after The Question was released. Since then, I
completely lost interest in the band grew up. I saw they had a new album out, which dropped today (March 29) entitled We Do What We Want. Two listens in and I think I’ve had enough of their stubbornness.
Somewhere in this mess lies a decent album, but it’s buried underneath the most annoying screaming I’ve ever heard paired with cliché, softcore breakdowns. I tried hard to concentrate on the album in order to give it a thorough review, but some jerk (keyboardist Josh Head) kept screaming over everything, to the point where I wanted to shoot myself in the head with a nail gun. Seriously, the guy needs to just shut the fuck up. ALBUM RUINED!
I’ve thought about this long and hard for a while: if screaming is the only way you know how to convey anger and aggression in your songs, then I think you’re being cheap. Bands scream nowadays because that’s what you’re “supposed to do”; what was once a pure art form has become predictable and over-used. I just don’t buy into it anymore.
The album cover is a bit plain but I guess goes along with the overall theme of We Do What We Want. During an interview with Noisecreep earlier this month, singer TobyMorrell stated:
“I think this is our most personal, spiritual album. It talks about our faith and God, but it never gets too preachy, because it’s basically talking about me and things I’ve gone through… I can’t not tell the truth of who I am, and this time I explored that even further—just points in my life, or in the other guys’ lives. Some lyrics are about challenging authority and God, and is God real, and what that even means.” – Toby Morrell via Noisecreep
Wow. How deep. It never has a chance to become too preachy because half the time you’ve got some dumbass screaming at you.
The bottom line is, I stopped listening to this band for a reason. The album has a few “that’s pretty cool” moments, but like I said before, it’s all lost under brain aneurysm-inducing screams and a watered-down, passive presentation from the band, which caused me to become very apathetic to what they’re trying to convey. Maybe some of you out there can explain the appeal of this band to me because I’m not getting it at all, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. Let the hate comments begin!
Wrecked Rating: 1.5 / 5