Ranking Emery’s Discography
February 19, 2011Posted by on
Just because I’ve heard these albums dozens of times each doesn’t mean I didn’t use this as an excuse to go back over every album a couple more times in succession to convince myself that I was right in how I already thought I would rate them, which I rightly did. Below I have listed from bottom to top how I rank each of Emery’s full length albums and why I correctly did so.
#4 – The Weak’s End: The band’s debut burst out of the gate with hits that would lead them to be a key band in the Tooth & Nail band lineup and there are still a lot of people who look back to this album longingly, pretending somehow that it is their best album, despite ample evidence that simply is not even close to being the case. Yes, the opening track, “Walls” still holds up as possibly their best track that both helps define them and distract their fans from all that they have to offer and it just happens to be the one that convince Brandon Ebel (owner, T&N Records) to take a look into the band. The next two tracks, “The Ponytail Parades” and “Disguising Mistakes With Goodbyes” show their diverse talent and incredible potential that they would indeed come to realize, but after that the album does trail off a bit with only hints and pieces of excitement, but generally too slow and melding together a bit much.
#3 – I’m Only A Man: This album is about as polarizing as can be, with many critics (kids with keyboards) scoffing at what a complete pile of ashes this mess of an album is, while others accepted that Emery was trying something a little bit different that they were into and took it for the greatness that was contained within. Along with being a great record to blast and sing along with, the lyrics in this album seem to be even darker and cutting than the rest of the bunch, which is really saying something for a band that isn’t afraid to pull any punches in regards to dealing with some of society’s worst sins and crimes and how they think those topics are approached opposed to how they might be better handled.
#2 – In Shallow Seas We Sail: With the much maligned I’m Only A Man in the past, the band released a prelude EP aptly named “While Broken Hearts Prevail” that gave hope to both the jaded fans and the ones who gladly pushed through the cynical wall and found freedom in good music despite what the angry ones had in mind. That EP seemed to serve as a push back in more than one ways, saying that they were hurt by the reaction to I’m Only A Man, but realizing that they also wanted to serve their fans with the kind of music that they pay to hear. Two of those songs made the final cut on In Shallow Seas We Sail that sounded more like a mixture of The Weak’s End and The Question. The production on this album is what really stands out as the band clearly had matured their sound and ability to what was nothing less than a professionally done record that included everything from the screams that old fans longed for and an epic two-part closing. Here’s a Paul Blart fun fact for ya, I have a copy of a track when Dear Death Part 1 and Dear Death Part 2 were one song titled “The Ghost of You”.
#1 – The Question: If I were Chris Farley interviewing Emery today it would go something like this:
Me: Remember…that one time…when you made that album…The Question?
Toby Morrell: Um…yep…yea…I remember that.
Me: That was awesome.
Devin Shelton: Thanks?
Me: Stupid. I’m so stupid. Idiot. *Face Palm*
Josh Head: *Screams”
Everyone: *Awkward looks*
Me: Well, thanks for coming on the show you guys.
Anyway, back to what I really think of The Question, which if you don’t agree is the band’s best album, then you’re basically wrong. I don’t know what else to tell you, but you should really work on that being wrong thing because it is less fun than being right. Speaking of being right, everything went right on this album, with song after song of hits that bring the emotion to fits of bursting like a Supernova from my insides. There aren’t and duds in the bunch, but the run of “Studying Politics” to “Left With Alibies and Lying Eyes” to “Listening To Freddie Mercury” is about as good as it gets. If that were a baseball lineup, count on a few 3 run homers.
Of course, quantifying exactly how much you like music is often hard to do, but when it comes to the best you can usually just go with your gut in how much it affects you when you even think about listening to it. The further down the list, the further my gut wants to explode from joy, so there you go.
How would you rank these albums and why?