Emoh - Lou Barlow
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  • Summary: Although the former Folk Implosion and Sebadoh member has recorded solo discs before under the name Sentridoh, 'Emoh' marks his first release under his own name. It includes six home-recorded tracks as well as eight new studio cuts recorded with producers Mark Nevers, Josh Schwartz and Wally Gagel.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 83
    On these subtly lovelorn songs, his voice quavers with a grounded, lived-in authority. [Feb 2005, p.92]
  2. 80
    He delivers 14 sweetly sombre neo-folk tunes that reveal just how subtly pervasive the man's influence really is. [Mar 2005, p.108]
  3. Emoh is one of the first surprisingly great albums of 2005.
  4. Where once lo-fi underachievement stifled Barlow's outsider pop genius, 'Emoh' abandons dictaphones to the dustbin and sees Lou documenting his wonderful, incisively literate pop songs with something resembling sheen. [5 Feb 2005, p.51]
  5. But while it's appealing to hear Barlow sound so contented as he approaches middle age, Emoh can't help but lack in the emotional immediacy so typical of Barlow's earlier, non-eponymous work.
  6. It lacks both the lurching DIY energy and emotional intimacy of his more rough and ready recordings.
  7. As singer-songwriters go, Barlow's not worthy to make a Starbucks run for Conor Oberst, Jim White, Joseph Arthur or Chris Carrabba. [Mar 2005, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. JasonF
    Mar 3, 2005
    10
    This one really grew on me. I was going back and forth listeing to "Emoh" and the new Bright Eyes CD, but found I always went back to Emoh to This one really grew on me. I was going back and forth listeing to "Emoh" and the new Bright Eyes CD, but found I always went back to Emoh to figure out what chorus it was that I woke up to in my head while drinking my morning coffee. The songs seem to haunt me at all hours of day and night -- and I am immediately lured back into listening to it. Sebadoh, it's not -- but c'mon people, let's admit it. We've all grown up. Expand
  2. RussellW
    Jan 26, 2005
    10
    Great record, lovely songs -- sincere, confident, no-frills. A must for Lou Barlow/Sebadoh fans.
  3. ErichS
    Mar 16, 2005
    9
    The last couple of Sebadoh albums left me cold with their unwillingness to depart from formula. "Emoh" doesn't really go out on any The last couple of Sebadoh albums left me cold with their unwillingness to depart from formula. "Emoh" doesn't really go out on any musical limbs but it's refreshing to hear Barlow's mellow voice supported by some really catchy songs. This is definitely a throwback and that's a good thing. Expand
  4. brianm
    Mar 10, 2005
    9
    Lou's most consistant solo work to date. Emoh bears more relation to his Folk Implosion and Sentridoh work than to his work with Lou's most consistant solo work to date. Emoh bears more relation to his Folk Implosion and Sentridoh work than to his work with Sebadoh. The production is mid-to-hi fi but musically is grounded in his best acoustic strumming. This is a great starting place for people who missed Sebadoh or the Folk Implosion and a good reminder of just how good Lou is at music for those who have forgotten. Expand
  5. allenm
    Mar 24, 2005
    9
    Not as instant as some Folk Implosion stuff, but after a while it really grows. A couple of Lou's best songs on here, and his voice just Not as instant as some Folk Implosion stuff, but after a while it really grows. A couple of Lou's best songs on here, and his voice just gets better. Some of the songs are better live, but he has tried to add a bit of variation to the album, which will hopefully give it wider appeal. Keep Rockin' Lou. Now go buy it, before everyone jumps on the Dinosaur Jnr bandwagon. Expand
  6. jasonc
    Apr 24, 2005
    9
    easy to dismiss at first listen i've grown to love this set of songs.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Mar 31, 2005
    7
    Lou's still a solid songwriter, though this is a bit too smooth and mellow for my tastes... I mean, my parents would probably enjoy Lou's still a solid songwriter, though this is a bit too smooth and mellow for my tastes... I mean, my parents would probably enjoy this. That said, it's consistent (if overlong) and easy on the ears; a nice little album. Expand