Rock-N-Rule starts off heavy but quickly turns into an Anberlin-like fast-paced alternative rock song that kicks butt. It sets the mood for a rock album of great stature and shows the the band is ready to rock and rule!
The Party Song
The more pop/rock effort in The Party Song shows that this band can write a catchy tune with killer hooks. With effective hooks, clear vocals and a fast-driven rhythm, the song soars highly through the airwaves and could do serious damage on rock radio.
Then World Away sounds like something straight out of the late 80s early 90s with Talking Heads/Depeche Mode in mind. Even the vocals have a certain resemblance. But Emery does this perfectly, and the transition to this subgenre works brilliantly as well. The build up of the song is strong and the band really gets into it and brings out their strong songbuilding side.
After The Devil Beats His Wife
Emery turns a bit more progressive with After The Devil Beats His Wife. It’s a song that really shows the talent of this band. It’s not just go-go-go and bashing guitars and screaming vocals. No, Emery shows they have a very strong sense of songbuilding and that they are very capable of making a harmonic and progressive rock song that sounds great. The song has energy and the sophisticated rhythmic lines in the song are definitely making it even better.
Can’t Stop The Killer
While the band doesn’t really want to venture into the emo genre, there are hints to it in Can’t Stop The Killer which is one of the strongest tracks on the album, with a very good build-up and a passionate performance that sticks with the listener. It has radio potential and has some really cool effects that lift it up higher.
Story About A Man With A Bad Heart
Story About A Man With A Bad Heart is a fast-paced alternative song with some punk and emo influences but it stands on its own. The round, melodic sides of the song contrast very well with the pointy, rhythmic sides, and the song really benefits from that. Vocally it’s not the best song, but it deserves a mention as it is very well-written and it also is quite catchy. It would make a great live song I think.
Don’t Bore Us, Get To The Chorus
This song is reminiscent of the late 70s/early 80s with the organic progrock of Queen & ELO. Don’t Bore Us, Get To The Chorus pays tribute to Queen in a very fitting fashion with strong rhythmic songwriting as well as lingering melodic lines that bring out the symphonic side of the band. The synths might be slightly overdone, but that doesn’t really bother me. The song is strong and might be the best one on the album.
What Makes A Man A Man
What Makes A Man A Man starts off slowly and melodically with an almost Butch Walker-ish intro. The melody continues to take the foreground as the band combines melody & harmony in a very pleasant way that is even catchy and makes for a splendid rock song a la Anberlin.
The Movie Song
Raw punky energy is shown in The Movie Song which blasts on with great rhythmic skills and nice (and subtle) melodic lines. This could be the album’s hit single as it is very catchy and easily gets you off your feet and rock out. It probably is my favorite on this album.
You Think You’re Nickel Slick (But I Got Your Penny Change)
Nickel Slick isn’t my favorite on the album, but it is a pretty good song with its power and energy. Reminds me of early Anberlin but more raunchy, more raw. The song has a certain catchiness that is undeniable and the vocals are splendid and the chorus is pretty sick.
From Crib To Coffin
The epic album closer, From Crib To Coffin, is a mix of stylistic influences and musical geniality. It is almost like a modern rock symphony that really takes the spotlight on this album. The band shows all their versatility, capability and strong sense of who they are and what they stand for. From Crib To Coffin is a solid testament to the musical power of Emery.
With “I’m Only A Man”, Emery shows that they are still growing. The album is much more consistent than its predecessors and shows a band that has a strong melodic sense that is combined with raw and pure power. The band shows they are a varied rock band with a wide range of influences. “I’m Only A Man” is by far their best album and it will not be easy to top this one next time.