EMA-Exile In the Outer Ring (2017)

My Rating: 73% (B-)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 80%

Average Rating: 76%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. 7 Years
  2. Breathalyzer
  3. I Wanna Destroy
  4. Blood and Chalk
  5. Down and Out
  6. Fire Water Air LSD
  7. Aryan Nation
  8. 33 Nihilistic and Female
  9. Receive Love
  10. Always Bleeds
  11. Where the Darkness Began

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

In a dark place of disillusionment.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s alright.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I do, bought it at the live show.

Final Thoughts:

I have such mixed feelings both about this artist and this album. With EMA I have a little bit of a block on her now after seeing her live, not only were her openers absolute unlistenable garbage (looking at you The Blow, yes that’s not music) she was also kinda rude to the sound guys and that never sits right with me. She seemed to have this too cool for school air about her…there were maybe 30 people at her show…maybe. With Exile In the Outer Ring though, she continues to show that she does have some incredibly amazing musical talent. It’s no The Future’s Void, but it’s definitely a solid album. So, does she have the mad genius syndrome? Is she just a bit of a jerk? Or did I catch her on the wrong day? I guess I won’t know, but damn, this music is still really interesting, in a good way.

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EMA-The Future’s Void (2014)

My Rating: 85% B++

Pitchfork Rating: 74%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 80%

Average Rating: 79.8%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Satellites
  2. So Blonde
  3. 3Jane
  4. Cthulu
  5. Smoulder
  6. Neuromancer
  7. When She Comes
  8. 100 Years
  9. Solace
  10. Dead Celebrity

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood for a good mix of noise rock, pop, and electronica.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s what first brought me to give it a chance, that and the fact that Rolling Stone rated it so highly.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah, it’d sound great on record.

Final Thoughts:

EMA is a great mix of a lot of semi-popular genre’s. At times industrial sounding, to almost sprawling sad ballads, it’s really hard to put your finger on the type of musician she is, and that works for her on this album.

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