EACH MONTH WE PROFILE AN ARTIST THAT ABSOLUTELY KOSHER RECORDS PROVIDES US WITH.Â WELL, ACTUALLY THIS ALBUM IS FROM MISRA RECORDS, BUT THEY’RE FRIENDS WITH AB. KOSHER. OUR BAND OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER: EMILY RODGERS
Emily Rodgers’ new album Bright Day is an albumÂ that meshes well with Autumn. As the temperatures begin to cool off and the leaves begin to change, so do attitudes and thoughts. We begin to start bottling up and nestling down for the Winter. We begin to look into ourselves and our situations.
Bright Day is ironically titled: it’s not a Summer or Spring Time Sunny-Day kind of album. It has a rather melancholy theme to it and this Pittsburgh resident pours out her heartfelt thoughts, frustrations, and truths. “I’ve got a few things to say / You’re the one that broke your heart,” from the song “Hurricane” illustrates the kind of bold, simple statement she makes on the album. Again she holds nothing back in the song “Hell” by saying, “I’m on my way back to Hell / I’ve tried so hard to laugh I’ve cried.”
Are these real experiences she’s singing about or is she just a good fiction writer? This is certainly something to contemplate while listening to the album. She rarely cracks a smile in any press images, but perhaps that’s just part of the gimmick. Being a betting man, I kind of doubt that’s the case as this album is way too personal to be entirely made up. Regardless, the reality-check lyricsÂ just might have theÂ listener recalling their own experiences and understanding the frame of mind Rodgers was in while writing and recording the song. With “Great Depressions” she really hits home with life’s frustrations, but it has a more upbeat and conquering edge to it, “At twenty-four there’s so much more.” Hope, if you will.
Her voice is in the neighborhood of Sarah McLachlan, but with a little bit less of that whisp you might hear in McLachlan. Rodgers pretty much stays in the same range and each song usually has the same routine of just staying in the same mode, allowing the listener to get bored at times. Other than at the end of “Can You See Me Now?” the first minute of each song is pretty much going to be the entire theme all the way through.
Patience and tolerance are two qualities needed to enjoy this album, and these things are hard to come by for anyone under twenty-three years old. Bright Day is certainly more of a grown-up album. And I would certainly not suggest this to anyone who has persistent issues with depression. With that being said, if you’re a post-depression survivor, then you will probably relate to this album and certainly be able to identify with the content. She does have a pretty voice, after all.
Oh, and if you ever break up with Emily Rodgers, you can be sure that maybe your name won’t end up on one of her albums, but your character certainly will.
This album will be released on Oct 6th, 2009