Thursday, April 2, 2015

Album Review: We Fall by Emile Haynie

So back in 2001 I was introduced to a mix tape series called Back to Mine when Everything But the Girl participated doing their entry.  That was a fun series.  The idea was that you were going to have a group of friends back to your house for hanging out and this is a mix tape you would put on for the occasion.  The idea of a thematic mix tape like that seemed like a fun exercise and all of the CDs I heard in the series were very good.

Anyhow this brings me in a long about way to this album from Emile Haynie. Haynie is not an artist in the traditional sense, in a tradition sense Haynie is a producer, but what he has done here is create an album using a variety of artists.  But like Back to Mine his album has a theme to it.  The theme is heartbreak, breakups, something along those lines.  And even though he has a wide array of artists on here from Randy Newman to Lana Del Rey, he makes it all work to feel like a single album.

This is where I get back to the mix tape.  Now unlike a mix tape these songs were written specifically for this album, but they all fit together like a very well constructed mix tape and it works.  It may be the best album I've heard this year.  I found it fun to listen to and also very interesting.

If you want to hear an interesting album then I would highly recommend this one.  Like a good mix tape that a friend has given you, this would be very good to listen to on a solo road trip, or walking alone in the evening.

Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 3 out of 5 stars for Pretty Good.

1 comment:

  1. It's like a movie score assembled like a soundtrack and without the movie. This is an interesting idea and review, and I like this song.