In my interview with Emilie Autumn in Auxiliary Magazine, she alluded to her upcoming album Fight Like a Girl, but wasn’t able to tell us much about it—much to my dismay. Since then there have been some updates. To begin with, and not related to Emilie, the April/May issue of Auxiliary Magazine is out now and if the cover is any indication of what’s inside, you’ll want to download, or even better, purchase it as soon as you can. And more to the point, The Asylum has released a sneak peek and download of two tracks from Emilie’s Fight Like a Girl: the title track and “Time for Tea.”
I have to admit, and this pains me, that when I first heard the sample of “Fight Like a Girl” (the song), I wasn’t immediately enamored. Disclaimer: this is my very initial reaction. It lacks the Victorian elements that filled Opheliac, and seems a little too synthpop, or even pop, for me. And while her usual anger is there, it seems a bit muted and the lyrics and their expression don’t seem to carry the power they usually do for me. Now if you are thinking that I wish Emilie to be consumed with anger and pain, shame on you--what a terrible thing to think. I just like that aspect of her music for whatever personal reasons we certainly don’t need to delve into here.
Um, back to the music. While I was writing that last paragraph, I was listening to the song, two more times, in fact, and I see that it is starting to grow on me. It is definitely catchy and I find myself bobbing along to it as I type, trying to sing the words, which obviously I haven’t completely learned yet, which I never let stop me before. So my final review on the song is, well, not final at all.
That said, even after the second time, I was left feeling a little apprehensive when "Time for Tea" came on. Seriously, I was blown away. Now this is everything and more that I was expecting from Emilie Autumn and what is making me all the more excited for the full album. The words that come to mind when describing this song are powerful and theatrical, but I’m going to let you discover for yourself what I mean by that.
So plague rats and music loves alike, go downoad these songs (you get both for 99 cents) and let me know what you think. And remember while you’re there to join The Asylum and request that Ms. Autumn comes to Connecticut. If you’re like me, it’s not that easy to travel to different states to see concerts and I’m very disappointed that I have not seen Emilie live. How awesome would it be to have her come to the Hartford area? Maybe with enough support and promises of tea, cupcakes, and crumpets, we can make it happen.