When Emily King released “East Side Story,” her debut album, in 2007, I recall thinking, “this girl is special…but she probably won’t last long.” It wasn’t for lack of talent. The industry is just so inundated with new artists and her sound wasn’t particularly catchy or unique enough at the time to stand out.
New Release, The Switch
But now that she’s back with “The Switch,” I think things may start to change for her. For one, Emily seems to have found her sound. Her first album could have been sung by anyone who happened to pass by the studio. But on “The Switch” (aptly named) she seems to flip the script and give us the sound that she really wants to hear.
She opens up on songs like “For Them” and “Off Center.” And even belts out a few poppy songs like “Believer” and “Good Friend.”
Though the album has a lot of different sounds (including the funky “Sleepwalker), this seems to have been done to show her range and in no way leaves the listener feeling ‘what the hell did I just listen to?’
Faves: “Off Center” & “Distance
Score: 4 out of 5