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Emmrose - 'Hopeless Romantics'
Review Written by Victoria Scott & Staff
The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Emmrose's album "Hopeless Romantics" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Album in the Pop music category. Emmrose’s alternative pop love ballad, “Hopeless Romantics,” is electrifying. The Cuban bass and drum groove introduce her silky-smooth vocals. The beat takes over as a fiery electric guitar and heart-pounding bass elevates the chorus. The beat slows down, the key changes, and the drum drops out, while electric guitar and percussion accompany the vocals.
Her vocals echo powerfully over the instrumentation as the song continues to progress. The electric guitar comes in with a killer riff as Emmrose vocalizes beautifully into the last verse. Production by Michael Abiuso is outstanding, and he elevates the song by emphasizing the bass line and electric guitar, which enhances Emmrose’s gorgeous vocals and Cuban pop style.
“Hopeless Romantics” is about being in love with someone who doesn’t share the same feelings. Emmrose is singing about how she is deeply in love and wants more from the person than a friendship or sensual partnership. She wants romance and to be swept off her feet, but the other person doesn’t share her sentiments. She knows her fantasy of wanting to be with this person is hopelessly romantic. As Emmrose sings,
“You wanna do this again, But keep it casual like then, I think you knew, I was never good enough for you, Friends with benefits but What's the benefit, I don't think you understand, What's on my mind, What's on yours, Oh, oh, oh, oh Yours.”
Emmrose is an accomplished young artist with an energetic and versatile pop style. Her lyrics are passionate yet straightforward. The beat is lively, and you can get into the song's groove even though the context of the song is bittersweet. "Hopeless Romantic" is a dramatic alt-pop love ballad with incredible instrumentation and clever production. The arrangement is complex with its ecstatic Cuban pop rhythm, seamless key change, and magnificent instrumentation. Emmrose’s passionate performance is exceptional, and her provocative and dynamic style is unforgetable.
Emmrose wrote her first song five years ago in math class. She is now a 17-year-old songwriter and performer based in New York City currently working on the follow-up to her first EP, Hopeless Romantics, released in 2019. Despite quarantine, she continues to perform live streams for her fans (weekly), attends high school (remotely), and write songs during classes (frequently).
Thousands of people have discovered her unique take on introspective dream pop since her first release two years ago. Her most requested and downloaded song on the EP, 'Tonight,' showcases her gift with melody and her exceptional attention to lyrics that seem to come straight from a teenager's diary: I could lie and say I'm fine, but that's useless. Is it the people or just stress? Makes no difference. The EP's last song 'Don't Go' resulted from a heartfelt reaction to a fellow student's admission of suicidal thoughts. During the COVID lockdown, Emmrose received messages from teens worldwide who said they listened to her voice to help them get through the night –the best music review or award an artist could ever receive.
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