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article imageReview: Gareth Emery energizes fans with new album 'Drive' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 12, 2014 in Music
Electronic dance music (EDM) sensation Gareth Emery is back with his new sophomore studio album "Drive," his first in four years.
It was released on April 1, 2014, and it is the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed debut album Northern Lights.
It opens with the ambient "Entrada" and it is followed by the dynamic "Dynamite," a collaboration with songstress Christina Novelli (who also sang lead on his successful single "Concrete Angel"). Her eloquent vocals are reminiscent of Florence Welch from the rock group Florence and The Machine. This track is certain to be a great deal of fun in his live shows, due to its intense energy.
"Eye of the Storm" features vocals from rising singer Gavin Beach is more progressive and the piano towards the end helps make the song complete. Fellow DJ and producer Ben Gold makes a cameo on "Javelin," which is a neat mix that would be suitable for this year's Coachella music festival.
He changes the pace of the collection, with the upbeat "Beautiful Rage," which features soothing and breathy vocals from songstress LJ Ayrten.
"Freebird," not to be confused with the Lynyrd Skynyrd southern rock classic, is a lengthy but noteworthy instrumental.
"Lights & Thunder" features one of my favorite EDM groups out there at the moment, Krewella (they are best-known for their smash hit "Alive"). This single fits mainstream radio quite well and hopefully it will fare well.
"Soldier" features Emery's sister, Roxanne Emery, a gifted artist in her own right. Lyrically, it's a masterpiece and she delivers a bravura vocal. "When you know you can't make it on your own, I will be your soldier," Roxanne sings convincingly in this bold tune's chorus. Many of his fans worldwide are destined to find inspiration and strength in this song.
British alternative pop singer Bo Brice lends her gentle vocals on "U," and his album closes with "Long Way Home," which is my personal favorite track on the record, since it is ambient and it truly transports the listener to different realms, due to its uplifting and stunning melody.
The Verdict
Overall, Gareth Emery's new CD Drive is a pleasant listen and worth more than just a passing glance. It is great to have such refreshing music from one of the most underrated DJs in electronic dance scene, Gareth. It is so hard to criticize since all of the songs are distinct in their own unique way. He took his time to create it and all of his hard work has paid off. This collection is one that he can play from start to finish in his live shows. It garners an A rating.
For more information on EDM DJ and producer Gareth Emery and his new CD, visit his official website.
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