Boog City: Issue 136
Brian Ember's Like an Eternal Flame
By Timothee Gosselin, Jr.
"the album’s success is in its presentation, not its innovation. Brian Ember has dressed up his heartache in whimsical arrangements and taken us dancing through his influences—from conservatory to alt-rock balladeer. It has an over-the-top theatricality to it, but it’s saved by a total lack of pretension. Endearing uncool is the new chastity."
“Years in the making and well worth the wait, Brian Ember's first album was a delightful slice of moody, melodic rock that chronicled the breakup of a relationship with a heady mixture of sadness, improbably humor, and exquisite musicianship. "Our Friends Don't Know" would make Queen proud, the crooning "I'm So Lonely (With You)" nudged its way nearly into loverboy R&B, "Goodnight, My Baby" dipped into doo-wop, and "Four Seconds" was the slow dance for the end of a romance that someday we all might need."” - Brian Slattery