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I'm Only a Man

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I Am Only A Man the third release from Seattle transplants Emery, shows the bands musical growth and expertise, continuing with the formula that brought them to a national stage, as well as thrust them into stardom. Eleven pounding songs that run the gamut from rock, alt-country, jazz and in-numerable other influences that the band has cited throughout their career, this trend setter is at it again with I Am Only A Man.
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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • ASIN: B000VI711C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I started listening to I'm Only a Man with expectations that it would be mediocre, due to the mixed reception it got. General consensus can make me prepared to dislike or like something, rather than open to it being good or bad.

On my first listen, I thought it was very mediocre with a few standout songs. But fifteen complete listens later, I realize how cohesive, well-paced, and deep this album is. The musical style is different from other Emery albums, but the lyrics retain the inspired direction I've come to love from the band.

There are few breakdowns in "I'm Only a Man", though "Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus" and "From Crib to Coffin" have their moments. The latter song's screamo breakdown, which comes in at the 1:50 mark after a soft intro, is absolutely devastating in its poignancy and resonating truth. It gives me chills every time I hear it:

"My Blood is tainted with bitterness.
I want it out, I want it out of me.
Oh, the taste of my inheritance.
How I have fallen, the hills will cover me.
You too will become weak."

Some other notes:
* The catchy "Party Song" contains other inspired lyrics: "This is my last advice: Leave with me cause you could die tonight"
* "What Makes a Man a Man" has a half-minute instrumental interlude beginning at :33 that sounds like it'd mesh perfectly over footage of The Walking Dead TV series. It's dreary and hopeless, but the rest of the song hints at hope breaking through the overcast sky.
* "Can't Stop the Killer" has a tinge of new-wave inhalations; it's creative, fresh, and perfectly breaks up the fast-paced intro before the song breaks into an infectious gallop once again

As a whole, the songs flow naturally into one another.
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It's very clear that the emotion and effort put into this album is insane, a lot of passion and care is attentively given by every single album Emery does. But this one, is very very emotional and was given a lot of care. One of the songs on this album, "Can't Stop the Killer" made me cry for humanity. Most of the negative reviews for this album comes from people who do not like the alternative rock approach here done by Emery opposed to their post-hardcore background. In my opinion, they do both very very well. This album is very ambitious and in my humble opinion payed off for the real fans who listen to Emery for the emotions presented by them, definitely check this out if you love their music and want to support Emery's ambitious approach to the modern music industry.
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People are giving this album poor reviews because Emery dropped the screamo/hardcore edge for this release. Ignore them. Emery has crafted their most mature album to date.

The music is similar to "The Question", albeit with greatly reduced screaming. Emery writes complex songs lacking a conventional song structure and utilizes a plethora of instruments to perform them. Whats great about this album, however, is the faint (but delicious) "dance groove" interwoven throughout the album ("The Party Song" and "Don't Bore us, Get To The Chorus" are the most obvious). Toss in some excellent throwbacks to Queen, and the best groups the 80s and 90s had to offer, and you have yourself an infectious rock album.

It seems emo/screamo children are incapable of appreciating an album written by a band who is exploring a fresh musical direction. Regardless, "I'm Only A Man" proves Emery is man enough to drop out of their comfort zone and churn out one of the best releases of the year (which also includes one of the most catchy songs of the year, "The Party Song"). Highly recommended.
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Second time buying this album. First time it was on cd now digital. It just never gets old. They put a lot of hard work and effort making this album. The lyrics just opens your mind to things you never thought about.
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I'm Only a Man is an absulutely amazing album. While like almost everything that Emery has released, this album is definitely my favorite. Literally every track is great. My personal favorites were The Party Song, Can't Stop the Killer and Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus.
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Nuff said. Maybe it's not as good as some of their stuff and maybe it is. When it comes to Emery music theres the stuff you love and then the stuff you love less. And the stuff you love more then anything else. I wont tell you which column this is in because it's going to be different for every fan.
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I'm Only a Man is a bit of a departure for Emery, as they continue to move away from their more hardcore roots and experiment with different styles. Upon first listen I didn't really like what I was hearing, but the album quickly grew on me after a couple more tries. It's not quite as far up my alley as their last record was when it came out, but almost every song had something positive going for it. The screaming is relegated to a much smaller role, but they're not exactly less passionate as a band, still bringing intensity to a lot of their songs. They no longer sound quite so unique, but I still see them as a cut above other bands of the same type.

"Rock-n-Rule" gets it started with a guitar line featuring an interesting twang to it, and has Emery's usual shifts between hard, soft, fast, slow, and every combination. "Party Song" is a single, and a decent one, although it's not as attention-grabbing as most of the other tracks. "After the Devil Beats His Wife" is one of the more ambitious songs on the album, featuring a bunch of great touches and ideas. "Can't Stop the Killer" is another good one, with an unforgettable bridge featuring a creepy, distorted speaking of the title. "Dont Bore Us, Get to the Chorus" is probably my favorite. It begins with an odd, repeating choir, and has plenty more gear changes, including a chorus with a heavy out-of-nowhere electronic component that still fits perfectly. It's followed immediately by "What Makes a Man a Man", slower but with a lot of passion and it's very simply quite enjoyable. "From Crib to Coffin" continues the tradition of excellent closing songs to Emery albums, and is over ten minutes of intriguing music if you include the lengthy computerized segment that it trails off with. Some fans didn't seem to receive the album well, and that makes me feel kind of sad.
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