Thursday, October 21, 2010
Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers - Clumsy Seduction
Clumsy Seduction showcases Emma's songwriting talents and her ability to create memorable melodies. Her strong folk and Americana roots are shown in the run-of-the-mill instrumentation, but her lush vocals are an extraordinary focal point in each song. Emma's impressive range and emotional quality enhances her lyrics by creating feeling and character. The song, "Your Fool," has a heartfelt vulnerability with vocal restraint, a delicate guitar and sighing strings towards the end. And, Emma's moving and overwrought vocals and poignant lyrics on "Crazy" provide the album’s strongest track. Finally, Emma's subtle inflections on the title track project the feelings of rejection and heartache.
Moreover, the effortless flow of the diverse musical arrangements on Clumsy Seduction keeps the listener interested and invested. The countrified "One Glass Too Many" has a twangy banjo and the slide of a steel guitar, while the surprising scat in the pessimistic "Doctor" is a melancholic vocal gem, and "Goodbye" has an acoustic pop-tinged appeal. No one track sounds the same yet each track works in unison creating a cohesive and seamless album.
The combination of Emma Hill's gorgeous vocals, signature songwriting, and musical variations makes for a remarkable and fascinating album. Clumsy Seduction is a wonderful product of an artist on the threshold of success and stardom on the folk/Americana scene. Currently, Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers are working on her third album, Meet Me at the Moon expected to be released in early 2011.
05 - Crazy by aibrean
07 - Clumsy Seduction by aibrean
09 - Goodbye by aibrean
02 - One Glass Too Many by aibrean
03 - Your Fool by aibrean
11 - Doctor by aibrean