The guys from Emery are back today with their third album, the EP While Broken Hearts Prevail. “The Smile, The Face” and “Edge of the World” open the album and give you a feel for what to expect. While not far from The Weak’s End and The Question, their 2003 and 2005 releases, this EP definitely introduces some new elements for Emery. “The Smile, The Face” is full of minor keys and haunting harmonies with intense screaming and a Nirvana-like hallow chorus. “Edge of the World” starts off with the expected distorted guitar and screaming, but toward the middle of the song, breaks down first into almost a dance beat with the drums and then slows down into a snare beat coupled with quiet tenor vocals and more like yells than screaming. “Do the Things (You Want),” the closing song on the EP, is a completely new formula for Emery, beginning with electronic elements, leading into acoustic guitar coupled with deep melodic vocals, is almost like H.I.M. in a major key. Always the defeatists, they sing “Lets write the songs that we want. I thought they’d love us but they don’t.” I loved the emotion behind this song—it could move anyone listening to sympathize with them.
My favorite off this EP would have to be the last song, “Do the things (you want)”. This song with its dark acoustic feel, I believe tells the tale of doubt and a betrayal—a very relatable idea. I think that this EP is definitely worth listening to. If you listen and you like, more is hopefully to come with a full studio album in 2009.