Album Review: Brand New Day by Emily Lord

Album Name: Brand New Day
Artist: Emily Lord
Year/Label: 2005 / Jungle Queen Records

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

“Give a Little Bit” is a cover of the old Rodger Hodgson/Supertramp chestnut. You just gotta love someone who covers Supertramp. She does it well too!

These songs are filled with hope, love and the need for love and approval. There’s a feeling of ‘gosh I hope you like me enough’ prevalent in these songsā€¦at least I’m detecting that. A little bit of insecurity. Not with her music, not with us, the listener. But the lyrics imply that she’s feeling that way toward whomever she’s singing to. Maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about, but check out these lyrics:

“I swear from this day forward / I will live to be worthy of you.” (One Day at a Time)

“What I fear most / Is maybe I’ve failed you” (The Way)

It’s not in every song, but the feeling is there.

That said, these songs are very uplifting sounding. Lord has a good, solid vocal quality that matches the genre nicely.

That beautiful baby shown all over the CD packaging is hers so maybe that experience has helped write these lovely songs.

Stand out songs: “Can’t Kiss Me Casually”, “Meet in the Middle” and “Paris”

Posted on July 22, 2005

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. One Day at a Time
2. Can’t Kiss Me Casually
3. Give a Little Bit
4. The Way
5. Meet in the Middle
6. Hey Joe
7. Saying Goodbye
8. Photograph
9. Paris
10. This Game
11. Daydream

[Emily Lord Official Site]

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Comments:

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: I got this CD at the urging of a friend. She said that I would like it due to the maternal theme that runs thru CD. I too just had my first child and share the same excitement and fear that Emily sings about in her song “One Day at a Time.” The CD is uplifting and made me feel better about the self doubt that began to rear its ugly head upon becoming pregnant. Funny thing too is that I played that track for another friend and she said that it spoke to her and her sobriety. Thanks, Emily!
name: Ann Barclay on Monday, July 25, 2005

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