Album Name: 12 Ways to Live
Artist: Emily White
Year/Label: 2008 / Squeezed Fresh Productions
Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
I reviewed Emily White’s previous release, Every Pulse back in 2005 (wow, has it been that long?). I enjoyed it. I noted that it had quite a political bent along with its love songs. Seeing as this is an election year I didn’t expect she’d change things up that much! There’s even a song called Election Year.
Luckily I like political songs. It’s actually music that got me interested in politics at all. I hope that happens to more people. Whomever said, “If you aren’t angry you’re not paying attention” was right on the mark. But I digress…
There are actually quite a few non-political tracks here. Some beautifully written love songs.
Emily White’s voice is not fierce like some of the other artists in this genre. It’s more a calm (but smartly serious) vibe.
The songs are melodic and interesting while remaining simple in the general sound. By simple I mean minimal, guitar, voice, not much else.
Her lyrics are imaginative and intelligent. Heart-achingly familiar as in Your Fire (I think many of us will be able to identify with that one).
I like it, I think you will too.
Posted on March 14, 2008
Listen to track samples while you read
1 Believe In Me
2 Mad Intuition
5 7th & A
6 Every Pulse
7 Your Fire
10 Good Enough Reason
11 Election Year
12 Secret Song