Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
Some time ago I purchased Emilie Autumn’s EP, “Chambermaid” and I quite enjoyed it. This full-length CD has the songs I was already familiar with but obviously some others as well. Her style is hard to categorize or even explain, but I’ll try. It’s almost classical chamber music, but with an electronic twist.
Autumn’s appearance is mystical. She’s very faerie-ish..even down to the wings (which you can purchase on her website if you have a couple extra hundred dollars burning a hole in your faerie pocket). With her heavily made up face and pink hair she’s very stunning. Luckily, so is the music.
At times she recalls Kate Bush, mostly on the first track; which I think is the best song here. But I also like “Chambermaid” and “How Strange” though those songs were on the EP I already had.
At times she does strange things with her voice that border on annoying. This is most prevalent in the track “Ever”. Though the piano on that song is gorgeous.
“Juliet” is simply gorgeous. It uses strings along with electronic keys and though you may not think so, they sound amazing together.
This is a lovely album.
Posted on January 30, 2004
Listen to track samples
1. Prologue: Across The Sky
2. How Strange
6. Second Hand Faith
9. Rose Red
10. Castle Down
11. Heard It All
12. If You Feel Better
13. Save You
14. Epilogue: What If
Rating: 5 Stars
I have to admit to being a big fan of ” chick rock”. Having said that, so much of it starts to sound alike. What a revelation this record is. Completely unique & beautiful. It has not left my player since I got it. Simply incredible.