Monday, June 24, 2019

Album Reviews: Picture This and Emarosa

MDRN LV by Picture This is the band's second album. They are an Irish band and someone I had never heard before. Their music is rooted in an anthemic, pop rock sound and is heavy with angst. I find it a bit tiresome across the whole album. At times the approach is a bit more direct both lyrically and musically and I find those songs to be the strongest on the album like "One Drink" or "Life of the Party." Those songs have a more personal feel to them for me and in those moments I like what they are doing. Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad.

Peach Club by Emarosa is the fifth album from this band who got their start in Lexington KY. I have to say I have not hear of the band, but I found this album a fun listen. They are taking heavy influences from new wave bands who took influence from R&B. So it's essentially synth pop but with an R&B influence. Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad.


  1. One thing I wonder about singers sometimes is how often it happens that someone gets a voice that the person doesn't particularly care for. I heard someone talk about this some time, and it might well have been Cher. It was a female vocalist--hugely successful female vocalist--and she talked about how she had never really cared for her own voice and that, when she went to listen to music for her own enjoyment, she chose vocalists who sounded nothing like her.

    It's not my thing exactly, but I think that song in the video for Picture This is pretty good. The lyric is as clever as Hank Williams Jr., and the sound and rhythm certainly draw you in, and the vocal is distinct. It seems to me that this band has a real chance to be big stars.

  2. My word, that Emarosa song, with all of its synthesizers and saxophone and falsetto vocals, sounds like one of the zillion songs that came out in the 1980s where we find out later Prince had written it.

  3. This was quite a poppy and lively episode of "Album Reviews." I really enjoyed it.

  4. Speaking of poppy and lively, my daughter is on her first-ever mission trip this week. Here's the YouTube link she forwarded me this morning.