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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 (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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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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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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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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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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By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2009
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Emmy the Great (which is to all practical purposes the writer and singer Emma-Lee Moss) was widely tipped for success in 2007, at the same time as Florence Welch, alongside whom she performed in Lightspeed Champion. While Florence rocketed to stardom, Emmy has pursued much gentler trajectory. To extend the metaphor, where Florence has gone stellar, Emmy is drifting gently over the English countryside in a hot-air balloon. And this is largely because of Emmy's approach to her career: unlike most performers, Emmy doesn't appear to see fame and success as an end in itself, and has been noticeable unhurried in developing her career. Until recently, her website consisted of a photo of her eating a sundae and reading a trashy novel with a picture of a sloth hanging over her head. Emmy doesn't seem to take herself completely seriously, but she has a sharp perception about relationships and emotions and her songs manage to deal with difficult subjects with a wry humour.

A new album is due out in 2011, but First Love is her first full-length CD, and it also has the four tracks of the "Edward is Dedward" EP on the end, which makes it good value. Having the song Edward is Dedward so close to the end doesn't completely do it justice, because it is a little masterpiece about loss, disorientation and coping with grief.

The First Love part of the album is a mixture of polished tracks - such as the singles, First Love and We Almost Had A Baby, and one or two that sound like they were recorded solo in a single take. On the Museum Island sounds almost like an afterthought, but despite its simplicity it has become one of my favourite songs.

First Love has its musical roots in folk. The orchestrations are slight and understated. It's the perceptiveness and honesty of the songwriting that makes First Love a must-have album.
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