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EP REVIEW: Annalise Emerick - Starry Eyed
By Cyrus Rhodes - 02/23/2012 - 02:05 PM EST

Artist: Annalise Emerick
Album: Starry Eyed (EP)
Label: Annalise Emerick
Website: http://www.reverbnation.com/annaliseemerick
Genre: Acoustic Rock, Singer-Songwriter
Sounds Like: Lorena McKennett, Sara McLaughlin, Alannah Myles
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: I Came Around, You Win, Runner and a Singer
Weakness: A few Winded Songs, More Instrumentation
CD Review:

New England based singer-songwriter Annalise Emerick releases her debut EP 7 song entitled Starry Eyed. Released in 2011. Starry-Eyed is available via iTunes, Amazon.com and CD Baby.

The CD gently takes flight with “You Win” a smooth intro groove that serves up inviting vocal groove against impressive Americana fretwork, inviting banjo, smooth as silk rhythm section and mesmerizing vocal delivery from Emerick. Track 2 “Time of Day” presents a slow moving follow-up that serves up a methodical musical build with a passionate melody with heartfelt vocal delivery from Emerick that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “I Came Around” delivers an upbeat melody with impressive guitar ambience, thought provoking lyrical content and hypnotic vocals. The production quality is impressive and the musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Along the way you will notice an array of instrumentation with things like Banjo, Piano, Percussive Accents, mesmerizing guitar chops, well placed vocal harmonies - all built upon a solid rhythm section foundation. Song for song the combination of Emerick’s voice and earthy fretwork is simply masterful. Now turning our attention over to Emerick as for her vocal abilities - she is quite impressive. Her vocal style is cut from the cloth of Sara McLaughlin, Suzanne Vega and even Alannah Myles. It definitely works well within the confines of this catalogue. Emerick’s impressive vibrato, falsetto and overall vocal passion clearly showcases a strong and confident vocal ability. I especially like how her voice just sort of flows and ebbs melodically with the music. This is an amazing quality that not many artists can execute flawlessly. This X-Factor quality clearly makes Emerick a marquee talent. No doubt she has solid musical instincts behind the microphone. This EP from Emerick delivers 7 compelling tracks all providing an interesting snapshot of an amazing artist with thought provoking lyrical wisdom with messages that are positive, passionate and captivating. From striking “Round and Round” to uplifting “Runner and a Singer” to passionate This Love Wont Be” his EP has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with track 7 “Stand by Me” the perfect wrap for a catalogue like this

It’s hard to find serious weakness with this production. I would offer up 2 items that would improve it slightly. Americana musical production such as this need more instrumentation to fill the earthy atmosphere. Instruments like fiddles, harmonica, Pedal Steel, Mandolin, Flute, Hammond Organ and Cello would bring even more musical variety to the table and take the edge of the repetiveness. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.

I like everything about Annalise Emerick. She's truly an infectious artist that possess a Gold Standard - look, sound, appeal, talent and vocal presence. From start to finish Starry Eyed” is an impressive musical teaser. The music is warm and earthy, highly passionate, uplifting and very passionate. The pin drop moments are amazing, and her falsetto is to die for. The songwriting is an interesting snapshot of music from a clairvoyant artist that has quite a lot to offer. All songs are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Note for note, song for song this catalogue is extremely consistent and fills the space with what I would describe as peaceful earthy exuberance. I look forward to hearing her Full Length release soon, hopefully this Summer.




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