Annalise Emerick | Starry-Eyed

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Starry-Eyed

by Annalise Emerick

Quirky Singer/Songwriter.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. You Win
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2. Time of Day
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3. I Came Around
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4. Round and Round
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5. A Runner and a Singer
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6. This Love Won't Break Your Heart
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7. Stand By Me
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Alex

Lovely debut from Annalise Emerick
I was introduced to Ms. Emerick when the CD Baby Music Disovery Podcast featured "This Love Won't Break Your Heart." The song immediately captured me and I replayed it three or four times. The simple riff based on "Auld Lang Syne" develops subtly and beautifully to a powerful crescendo of hope and confidence in the comfort of love, both old and new. The lyrics are straight forward, often forced over the rhythmic structure of the song, but this works for Emerick, implying naivete but also heart-wrenching sincerity. It is one of the best songs I've heard this year.

After hearing the podcast I immediately purchased the full album, not even waiting to listen to samples of the rest of the songs. Perhaps I should have. The first four songs - half the album, are nice enough but blur together with a certain sameness. I enjoy them while listening to them but have difficulty remembering much about the experience afterward. I came out of those four with a sense of loneliness and longing but little else. I'm aware that each of them told some part of Emerick's life experience but don't ask me what it was.

This was not a bad thing, however. The album hits its stride with "A Runner and a Singer." Emerick's penchant for narrative, which I can vaguely recall from the first of the album, shines through with this gem. She breaks away from the tendency to sing about Big Loves and instead recounts a simple, relatively short love affair about two people who really didn't belong together. It is a unversal experience we can all relate to. Her unadorned but perfect guitar playing is a perfect accomanyment and produces a goregous melancholy that creates a powerful resonance in the listener.

"Runner and a Singer" is followed by the aforementioned, fantastic "This Love Won't Break Your Heart," which in turn is followed by a low-key, strikingly sincere rendition of "Stand By Me." Once again, Emerick's candid musical style results in a powerful performance that easily compares to any version of the song I've heard before.

Obviously I'm already a big fan of Emerick. While the front of the album can't compare to the back, and keep it from a 5 star rating, the overall experience is fantastic. I don't believe the tracks were intended to tell a specific story, but they do produce a narrative of loneliness, loss, and hope. The album should be viewed not as a collection of songs but as an overall experience, and a powerful one at that. Emerick blends lyrics and melody to create sympathetic emotion in the listener that one can't help but identify with. I highly recommend purchasing the entire album and listening to the whole of it straight through.
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