Annalise Emerick - Starry Eyed
Annalise Emerick has had an emotional journey before the release of her debut EP, Starry Eyed. The seven-song EP paints a beautiful picture of a young woman taking risks, moving forward, and making change. Though the album may be considered pop, there is a huge folk and rock influence that drives the EP.
Originally Emerick had plans to launch her music career in Nashville. In “You Win”, Emerick tells listeners about her emotional departure from Tennessee and hopeful move to Boston to get a brand new start. Being about Nashville, the banjos add a nice touch. Emerick is originally from Texas and has lived in several cities. You can hear the different influences from each music scene.
“Time of Day” is a beautiful yet heartbreaking ballad. Emerick sweetly sings, “Our love is like the light/ Creeps in slowly then fades fast away”. A highlight track off the EP is “I Came Around”, where Emerick incorporates her rock influence. The song is upbeat and possibly my favorite off the album. “Round and Round” and “a Runner and a Singer” takes a look into the end of a relationship. Emerick is moving on and that is how “our story goes”.
If you are still in New Years mode, “This Love Won’t Break Your Heart” is a perfect track to celebrate a new start. She uses lines from “Auld Lang Syne” and tells the story of spending New Year’s Eve with close friends. Closing off the EP is an acoustic cover of “Stand By Me”. Her rendition is beautiful and may be one of the better versions I have heard in awhile.
It is hard not to love this EP. Thank you Annalise Emerick for letting us in on the soundtrack of your life. Starry Eyed is just the beginning of a wonderful journey, and I am glad we were all invited to see it.
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on 2012-01-16 stacysch Said:
I agree, it's hard not to love this one. Great first album!