Sunday, March 28, 2010

Review -- EMERSON DRIVE -- Believe

BELIEVE
Emerson Drive
Open Road Records
9.5-out-of-10

When it comes to Canadian country music few, if any bands, are better at what they do than Emerson Drive.
And when it comes to the CD Believe, Emerson Drive is at the top of their game.
This is a disk that is as close to wall-to-wall hits as you can get.
From the opening song; That Kind of Beautiful, Emerson Drive comes at you with radio friendly hit after hit. That Kind of Beautiful is a wonderful love song, and while it is a hit, it actually comes up as only second best among love songs on the album.
Belongs To You is a slow-paced love song that is going to be popular at anniversarys, weddings and Valentine’s Day for years to come.
The title cut Believe is a song that will get tons of airplay too.
Of course when it comes to hearing songs on the radio, you could spin any cut on this disk and it would please listeners.
I Love This Road is a song perfect for blasting on the CD player as you bomb down the country road on a warm summer day.
Of course we should expect hits from Emerson Drive, who have put out some excellent past efforts, including the 2006 release Countrified, and What If? in 2004.
What works for the band is the cohesiveness of the quintet musically. They blend their talents flawlessly. From the show vocals of lead singer Brad Mates to the fine musicianship of band mates Danick Dupelle, guitar, Dale Wallace, keyboards, David Pichette, fiddle, and Mike Melancon on drums the unit is as tight as a band gets.
If you are a country fan then Emerson Drive is almost sure to be a favourite band, and this disk will only raise the appreciation of their music.
This is simply a must have disk. One not to be missed.
Check them out at www.emersondrive.com
CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Mar 3, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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