Emilie Autumn – FLAG – Fight Like A Girl by Katherine Tullett

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: The Asylum Emporium

Tracklisting:

1.”Fight Like a Girl”
2.”Time for Tea”
3.”4 o’Clock (Reprise)”
4.”What Will I Remember?”
5.”Take the Pill”
6.”Girls! Girls! Girls!”
7.”I Don’t Understand”
8.”We Want Them Young”
9.”If I Burn”
10.”Scavenger”
11.”Gaslight”
12.”The Key”
13.”Hell is Empty”
14.”Gaslight (Reprise)”
15.”Goodnight, Sweet Ladies”
16.”Start Another Story”
17.”One Foot in Front of the Other”

Review:

Emilie Autumn is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and violinist. Autumn draws influence for her music—the style of which she has alternatively labelled as “Victoriandustrial” and glam rock—from plays, novels, and history, particularly the Victorian era. Performing with her all-female backing band The Bloody Crumpets, Autumn incorporates elements of classical music, cabaret, electronica, and glam rock with theatrics, and burlesque.

The Long-awaited forth album is finally here to make us fall in love with it. After the Masterpiece of her last album “Opheliac” we all wondered how could Emilie overcome her own best creation… well, she did.

The very first song we heard from FLAG a year ago. ‘Fight Like A Girl’ is really powerful, inspirational, full of rhythm that just makes you happy, happy, happy and encourage you to fight, fight, fight like a girl. It’s even a danceable song, so burlesque, so theatrical. I do wonder, after hearing so many fans say they wonder if this album will top ‘Opheliac’, if any other will comment upon how this sounds like one of her songs from that album; ‘Misery Loves Company’. ‘Time For Tea’ is a personal favourite. It contains a powerful beat, simply, a revenge song.

The lyrics are amazing, and describe The Tea Party Massacre, the chapter it refers to from her book, perfectly.
This may be the new “Liar” and Eradicate the Enemy is the new “Are you Suffering?”.
If you thought you’d heard all from Emilie, you were wrong. ‘What Will I Remember’ is not powerful, nor fast, but it doesn’t need any Industrial sound, it’s simply beautiful. The melody is quiet and we get to see the second, calmer and gentler side of Emilie’s voice, as a pose to her more common violent style.

When you reach ‘Take The Pill’ you’ll understand the change in Emilie’s music; this song is the most powerful and aggressive song she’s ever made, The lyrics are direct and strong, not something everyone should listen to, it’s hard, it’s tough, it describes the suffering inside the asylum in its entirety.

‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ is a circus like song in the whole sense emphasised by the touch of humour in Emilie’s voice. Of course, the lyrics are just funny and hilarious, and the melody is really catchy. Again, Emilie proves to us just what her voice is capable of as she plays the part of all the various characters within the song.

All in all, this is a fantastic track is you have a decidedly darker sense of humour. One of the stronger points in the album is ‘Gaslight’. Melancholy in the whole sense, with heart-breaking lyrics that make you fully understand how difficult it was for the inmates. A sad chorus and a beautiful melody. Just perfect.

‘Goodnight, Sweet Ladies’ is another strong point of the album. Emilie’s voice is so sweet and kind, it is a perfect song for a musical, at the end it includes reprises from two of Emilie’s older songs – ‘The Art Of Suicide’ and ‘4 o’clock’ – ‘The Art Of Suicide’ being one of Emilie’s favourite and most meaningful songs. It is almost like it was written all that time ago to re appear here.

‘One Foot In Front Of The Other’ is the perfect ending to the story. The song is catchy and includes the most inspirational lyrics from the album that listeners everywhere will be able to apply and relate to in some way shape or form. The perfect ending.

There’s not only one musical genre in the album, there’re a lot, so it makes the album rich in sound.

The same applies to Emilie’s voice – we hear her comical, melancholy, male and female, so again, this album has a song for everyone!

However, there were many interludes and short songs which could have been better if they were longer.

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