The Weak's End CD

Emery defines an extreme separation between their screaming and singing sides on Weak's End, their debut for Tooth & Nail.  Opener "Walls," and the similarly-arranged "Ponytail Parades" do occasionally burst forth with hardcore-inspired screeching.  But the louder, crazier moments are tightly regimented from the tracks' normal baroque and dreamy flow.  The definition seems like a conscious effort to make a strong statement while still making accessible, emo-inflected music.  Emery doesn't really make clear what that statement is; they prefer to suggest that it's there before drifting into opaque lyricisms that mull over personal pain and a general world-weariness.  "By All Accounts [Today Was a Disaster]," "Fractions," and "Note From Which a Chord Is Built" form an ambitious midsection for the record - they're impeccably-paced mini epics, even if they don't amount to much in the end.  Best might be "Under Serious Attack," which blends rousing post-hardcore emotion with weird jazzy interludes and a veritable treasure chest of reverb vocals.  Those who think of Thursday or Spirit That Guides Us as wavering too much toward sonic experimentation - at the expense of songs - might like Emery's more subtle approach. - iTunes

CD Details

  • Release Date: January 30, 2004
  • Record Label: Tooth & Nail
  • UPC: 724359404424
  • Number of Discs: 1

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