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  • Audio CD (9 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Absolute
  • ASIN: B001PA7OK8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Absentee
2. 24
3. We Almost Had A Baby
4. The Easter Parade
5. Dylan
6. On the Museum Island
7. War
8. First Love
9. MIA
10. The Easter Parade 2
11. Bad Things Coming, We Are Safe
12. Everything Reminds Me of You
13. City Song

Product Description

Following tours and collaborations with the likes of Lightspeed Champion, Martha Wainwright and Kimya Dawson, this is the debut album by Hong Kong born Emmy The Great, aka Emma-Lee Moss. Produced by bandmates Euan Hinshelwood (Younghusband) and Tom Rogerson with help from The Earlies, First Love sees Emmy deliver an album of folk and indie pop inspired songs similar in vein to Holly Throsby, KT Tunstall and Noah and The Whale.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 16 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Earlier in her career Emmy played with Noah And The Whale and the stint grounded her in pop-folk but she has trumped their radio-friendly but bland attempt hands down with `First Love'.

This is a cadent and largely acoustic album replete with tales of love and loss, strings, piano and acoustics. `We Almost Had A Baby' is a near-danceable, tragic waltz, backed with endearing `oohs' and `aahs'. Neat little couplets pepper the lyrics and Emmy obligingly, if egotistically if we are judge by her name, coos them across the record. The heartfelt and well-executed homage to Leonard Cohen on `First Love' (even sampling lyrics from `Hallelujah') is the unquestionable highlight. `Dylan' falls just on the right side of the annoying / catchy fence and encourages bouts of smiling and toe-tapping consequently.

There's some Laura Marling in here for sure, but there's more of Emmy herself, and it is because she has stamped so much of herself all over the tracks that they succeed. Such an amiable presentation of herself and her song writing is irresistibly charming and will compel her wide-hearted followers to instantly and indefinitely love few others. Emmy has perhaps even introduced some to their first, and last, true love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheTalentedMsRipley on 2 Dec. 2009
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I heard "We almost had a baby" a good while ago on the radio and instantly fell in love with it and downloaded it. But it wasn't until I heard Emmy the Great do a live session whilst at Glastonbury that I decided to download the album. There isn't one track that I don't like.

The lyrics are modern and sometimes a bit odd, so their meanings are always immediately obvious, which I think adds to their charm. Some tracks are haunting such as "Absentee", "24" and "On the Museum Island". Others are more upbeat in their tune, though still have a sombre subject, such as "We almost had a baby", "First Love" and "MIA".

My favourites are "24", "MIA", "We almost had a baby", "Edward is Dedward". But as I said, I don't think there are any weak parts. The bonus tracks are all definitely worth the addition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kat Watt on 19 Feb. 2010
Format: MP3 Download
I stumbled across Emmy the Great's (or Emma-Lee Moss) "First Love" after listening to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on youtube - some clever fan had grouped them together on a playlist. I was immediately struck by Emmy herself; her personality seemed plain and honest as did her song writing. The use of instruments on the track and later the lyrics and the story behind it also lived up to these first impressions. Tracks like "24", "Edward Is Deadward", "Bad Things Coming, We Are Safe" and "Two Steps Forward" were painful and accurate accounts of emotion and attachement and "We Almost Had a Baby", "MIA", "City Song" and "Canopies and Drapes" also confirmed by attachment to Emmy's lyrical content of religious doubt, relationship dynamic and childhood memory with a splattering of played down drama. "The Easter Parade" was the last song to really grab my attachement, gradually growing on me as the track wound up to a grabbing conclusion. The other tracks continue in the general mood of catchy guitar based melodies and Moss's sometimes bluntly honest and succinct lyrics. An album most certainly worth a listen, especially for fans of a similiar genre or associated acts; if a bit heavy on the content considering Emmy's style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob Holton on 3 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first saw Emmy the Great at Glastonbury ,on the John Peel stage and immediately realised an album purchase was on the cards.The title track was my "song of the festival" this year and I love the album .Emmy is a breath of fresh air in an already very crowded genre .Buy and see for yourself . Love it love it .It only gets four stars because "dark side of the moon " is the only album that gets five !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Miles on 17 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I went to see Emmy the Great in concert a few weeks back and loved it so much I just had to buy her album. I only wish it had more of her songs (like Gabriel); but it does have a really great the selection. Her voice is so sweet and her lyrics are so earnest. It makes you feel like everything she sings is true. I definitely recommend this one.

(oh, not all the songs copied too well onto my ipod for some reason, though..probably something to do with converting the files from .wma to more "iTunes-happy" files)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By v-entricles on 29 Nov. 2011
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Background music when studying, when brushing my teeth, when getting ready to go out. Whenever, really.

It's a chilled-out album that you can put on without it distracting you too much; when you want to actually listen to it, the lyrics are so thoughtful and heart-felt that you can't help but put certain songs on repeat.

The Easter Parade and 24 are my particular favourites and I could listen to 24 on repeat all day, just Emmy's unpretentious voice and her acoustic guitar, no extras. What's more, Emmy's voice is not autotuned, which I found refreshing. She also has the type of voice that merges well with basically anyone else's voice, so it's difficult not to find yourself singing along rather happily.

At around a fiver, I was really happy with this album and it looks great propped up on my desk (I've taken the booklet out, so you can see the CD inside, which is nice). Definitely looking to find more music like this!
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