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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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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.
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A real surprise. Thoughtful and poetic. Growing more on me each time I play it.Published 17 months ago by Michael Robinson
London based Indi/Folk singer/songwriter, Emma Lee Moss goes under the tongue in cheek name of Emmy the Great. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by Eamonn MacNeill
Introduced to Emmy the Great via my kids, love the whole album, particularly 'The Easter Parade' which is quite brilliant.Published on 29 Jun. 2011 by J. K. Cook
It's one of those albums (and one of those artists) that if you are lucky enough to stumble across you will listen to it on repeat, go on and on about her to anyone who will listen... Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2010 by Hntaj
This is one of the most beautiful albums ever. Every song is endearing as the next. A must have for any fans of music.Published on 22 Sept. 2010 by Jedi Ed
I absolutely love this album!
I came across Emmy when browsing on Last.fm so i bought this album and think its great. Read more
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... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2010 by Kat Watt