Review of We Almost Had A Baby Single by Emmy The Great

We Almost Had a Baby single review from Emmy The Great.

Emmy The Great We Almost Had A Baby Single

The current glut of British female anti-folk starlets is swollen still more by the release of We Almost Had A Baby, the first single from London-based Emmy The Great's forthcoming debut album First Love. Lyrically and vocally it vaguely follows the path trod by the other leading doyennes of this most popular sub-genre in its cockneyesque, blog-on-tape approach but thankfully avoids the most hackneyed (geddit?) declarations of Kate Nash, Laura Marling et al. Musically it's marvellous. The jangly, arpeggiated, doo-wop delivery lends it a distinct Phil Spector feel and the warm reverbed sound provides a more natural, semi-live atmosphere. B-side Short Country Song is exactly that, contrasting curiously with the title track. The acoustic finger-picking and rough production techniques recalls Devendra Banhart and suggests that Miss Emma-Lee Moss may have more than one musical string to her artistic bow. We await the album's spring 2009 release with baited breath. What the hell is anti-folk anyway?

Peter Barrett

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