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Virtue

Virtue

12 Jun 2011

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Product details

  • Label: Close Harbour
  • Copyright: (p) 2011, Close Harbour exclusively licensed from BMG Rights
  • Total Length: 45:18
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  • ASIN: B005TS3YBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,720 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jun 2011
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There's a set of themes running through Virtue that link the songs together to make something more than the sum of the parts. The album is largely about weddings and the religious and cultural baggage that attends them. Writer and singer Emma-Lee Moss was engaged to be married in summer 2010. However, her fiancé suddenly broke off the engagement when he decided to become a religious missionary: this album has consequently become a means of exorcising the awfulness of that event, and in the process it is one of the most personal, cogent and thrilling albums I've listened to in a long time.

The component pieces come from cultural history, and from Moss's own perceptive insight both into the physical world, such as shipping container cranes like dinosaurs that fornicate in a futile effort to avoid extinction, and the stark 1960's brutalism of West London's Trellick Tower, which is a metaphor for Moss's vanished relationship. There are fragments of fairytales (and what are fairytales other than stylised ordeals - princesses that sleep for a hundred years, the path through the dark forest) and lots of religious metaphors: North is about the selfish exclusivity of the paradises that some religious people want to inhabit; Trellick Tower uses religious relics as a metaphor for Moss's abandoned state - the relics "ache for when the saint had breath". There are even some secondary sources - there's a quote from Patti Smith's Dancing Barefoot, which is itself a quote from the Gospel according to Luke.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James Dickson on 13 Jun 2011
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This album is an impressive return from the already impressive First Love - Bonus Edition. Emmy has a wonderful singing voice, clear and melodic, punchy and almost staccato but ultimately incredibly versatile, imbuing her lyrics with the frankness and openness in which I believe her songs are intended. The music is enticing to the ear and accompanies her lyrics perfectly, each song evoking a world of it's own with vibrant and interesting but unobtrusive instrumentation and choral arrangements as the words and music play off each other in turn, joining harmoniously throughout in a more stylistically coherent structure than her debut.

Like many great artists, Emmy is not one to shy away from the tragedies, experiences and nuances of life, instead utilising them to great effect, making her music incredibly mature and poignant rather than deliberately nonsensical and commercially nondescript. Thus, we are welcomed refreshingly and offered a delightful insight into Emmy and her many influences and experiences in an intimate and inviting manner befitting a friend rather than a fan.

The album itself is seemingly wrought with the dichotomy of life, the contradictions in our nature and experience that often make our lives what they are. The apparent futility of life itself when confronted with individual action against the collective of humanity, the pain of loss and its necessity in appreciating joy. This is often conveyed via detachment through fairytale and religious imagery, in a way that both evokes a collective nostalgia of childhood and home but also shows how we can all find it easier to express ourselves, sometimes unintentionally, through indirect rather than direct means.
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By The Includer on 16 Jun 2012
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Like Emmy's first album this one grew on me. Her voice is so intriguing. That alone makes this album delicious..... but the lyrics, melodies and angelic chorals make this awesome listening.
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By Smoops on 2 Oct 2011
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Althought First Love remains my favourite album by Emmy the Great, Virtue is a great follow-up and benefits from far-improved producing and mixing. Brilliant to listen to on a big sound system with some epic moments.
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