Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
Only 22, coy Canadian charmer Emm Gryner doesn't waste a lot of creative energy on overtly adult issues. The sunshiney flagship single "Summerlong" is a good litmus test: As innocuous as a fluffy beach paperback, the jingl... more »
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Only 22, coy Canadian charmer Emm Gryner doesn't waste a lot of creative energy on overtly adult issues. The sunshiney flagship single "Summerlong" is a good litmus test: As innocuous as a fluffy beach paperback, the jingle-jangler bounces along on a frothy rhythm as it relates the mildly sorrowful tale of a July romance that falls by the wayside like so many October leaves. And, track after track, this starry-eyed lass uses her piano and gently emotive voice to wring more and more drama from her affairs of the heart--until finally, limp as a dishrag, her love spent, she's reduced to believing that "Death Is a New Day." Despite the Canadian connection, Gryner is no brassy Alanis, no madrigal-matronly McLachlan. Her outlook is youthful, ultimately optimistic, and--thanks to a confessional songwriting style that's as personal as a diary--altogether heartwarming and humane. The kid's got chops. Now if she can only find the right relationship. --Tom Lanham
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Jayme Valdez | New York, NY | 07/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought "Public" totally on a whim from Amazon and immediately fell in love. Emm has an amazing penchant for switching from one theme to another, one musical style to another. There is nothing repetitive or familiar about her style. As some may compare her to Tori or Sarah, Emm has a fresh, honest take on her subjects with an incredible ability to write great melodies. In fact, Emm plays many of the instruments on the album (piano, bass, guitar, wurlitzer, mellotron, synths, hammond organ). Her dedication to music is clear. On the surface, her songs are simple accounts of everyday issues (love, independence, resolutions). However, on a deeper lever, Emm attempts more complicated explorations of spirituality and life. The combination of haunting lyrics ("Did I lost my tune to one of Jupiter's moons?) and openly self-examining lyrics("What is this? This foreign breath I'm lying with? Thieves are never sweet....") ("I've had X number of endings. When do I begin?") make for an amazing, powerful, refreshingly creative album that I would highly recommend to anyone willing to chance it on a new, promising artist. To put it simply, she's incredible."
Underappreciated Album and Singer
citizenoftheplanet | Waterloo, Ontario, Canada | 12/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nothing much more to add to the many other reviews. This album is solid start to finish and is definitely worth adding to your collection. It is more of pop/rock feel than her later work, but not pop/rock in the annoying commercial sense, not at all in fact. Emm Gryner and Tara MacLean are probably the two most underrated female Canadian singers who often get lost in sea of the huge number of successful and talented Canadian women such as Sarah McLachlan, Alanis, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jann Arden and Nelly Furtado. Like many of the reviewers have said it is really unfortuante that more people don't know about Emm. Pick up this CD and give her a listen, her only better work might be AsianBlue, although Science Fair really grows with repeat listens."
citizenoftheplanet | 01/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't compare Emm to Tori and she's certainly many leagues above Natalie Imbruglia, however she holds her own in the class of highly talented, intense singer and songwriters in the Gen X genre. Certain songs hit home more than others, of course it all depends on what you look for in music. I love how a song takes me back to the past and forces me to remember things I need to deal with or helps me clarify the present. This CD certainly does that in spades. Songs like Acid with supremely powerful lyrics like "You just dropped your bomb like blood on Tuesday night" "Hurt me you can't kill me whatever you wanna do - Hey I'll always wish I was with you". All in all, this CD will get A LOT of life in my CD player."