Tuesday, January 27, 2009
HONG Kong-born Emmy The Great, real name Emma-Lee Moss, is riding on the tsunami of support for indie folk following last year's folk explosion with her debut LP.
First Love is a delicate collection of strummers, mixing rich, traditional sounds with Emmy The Great's delicate vocals and lyrics filled with personal touches and pop culture references - there's an entire song about Sri Lankan rapper MIA.
However it's the lyrics that let it down for me - when it works it works well, such as opener Absentee and Dylan, but at times it's just a bit toe-curlingly specific, such as the uneasy-listening of We Almost Had A Baby.
It's this trait that makes what is at times Great, grate.