Are You Listening?
Collecting their first three albums in one package, Are You Listening? tracks Emery's progress from a post-hardcore band with melodic Get Up Kids-style emo leanings and the occasional aggressive outburst to an edgier, more dynamic screamo sound. As a collection of albums, it’s interesting to have the evolution of a band all in one package, with the three records telling a story where the only logical conclusion is 2009’s …In Shallow Seas We Sail. While this is a good buy for anyone missing The Weak’s End, The Question, and I’m Only a Man, the absence of any bonus material should see this album flying under the radar of serious fans. If you’re looking to see what Emery’s formative musical years were like, and you’re not concerned with having the liner notes from the original albums (which aren’t included in the packaging), then Are You Listening? will surely be a solid buy.