Having released numerous EP albums since 2011, Roxanne Emery's debut full length record (announced over a year ago), titled 'For Weddings and a Funeral' has been released for about a week. The album features a number of Emery's most well known tracks as well as a bunch of new songs.
1. Cold Heart
2. Fools Gold
3. Shower The People
5. High Wire
6. Remember Me
8. River Runs Dry
9. Burning Blue
10. Build a Home
11. LATE (Acoustic)
12. On Fire (Acoustic)
'Cold Heart' delightfully opens the album. As this was the track that first introduced me to Emery, this version is further polished, though I'll always be fond of the acoustic. The album is never overproduced and captures Emery's voice as it is- soft, at times folksy with a mix of pop, giving an acoustic, easy to listen to sound.
Thematically, the album focuses on relationships and refreshingly not purely on romantic ones. 'LATE' is a heartfelt track dedicated to her mother, whilst 'Daughter' sends a strong message to men of all ages. The lyrics on all the tracks are carefully written and composed.
'High Wire', 'River Runs Dry' and 'Burning Blue' give a slight kick to the album periodically with more up tempo tracks, but remains coherent and consistent.
The album closes with acoustic tracks; 'On Fire' in particular leaves the album with a strong finish, the piano intro and the stripped back production works phenomenally well.
For those new to Emery's music, 'For Weddings and a Funeral' is the perfect introduction, offering both new and revised tracks. The one drawback is that Roxanne has been constantly writing and recording since last year and many of her new songs we almost wished were on this album, such as 'You used to know me so well' (WHICH I LOVE), 'May You Never Be Lonely' and 'Run' (see her YouTube Channel).
Fingers crossed for album 2 ;)