Album: The Right Mistakes
Release Date: June 19, 2020
This is one of those releases where I had to stop and consider which genre to file it under. On The Right Mistakes, London Ontario’s Karen Emeny straddles the boundaries of pop, rock, and country, but in a way that doesn’t come across as conflicted. These styles are well-blended on the EP, though certain songs or moments of them lean a bit further in one direction than another.
On either end, you have the more rocking jams “Meant for This,” with its guitar-crunching verses, and “Hard Love,” its big-sounding choruses framed for emphasis by contrasting acoustic instrumentation. Each of these songs also contains some semblance of the country and/or pop vibes that become increasingly apparent toward the EP’s middle. Moving inward, there is “Just a Little Heartbreak,” country-esque in the buildups to its motivating hook, and “Someone Else,” a ballad-like track rendered powerful by its moody violin and chanting backup vocals. Finally, at the centre, “Storm Chaser” makes for an especially pop-oriented core, being upbeat and catchy the whole way through.
It all harkens a bit too similarly styled music of the 90s and early 2000s and is enjoyable as such. Whatever mistakes Karen Emeny might have made leading up to this release, I suppose they must have been the right ones if they had anything to do with its creation, because The Right Mistakes presents as a positive accomplishment.
Cory Stumpf is an editor and freelance writer based in Kamloops, British Columbia. Whenever possible, he can be found indulging his insatiable passion for music, including hosting concerts at his home-based venue (McArthur Castle). In addition to writing content for various external media, Cory publishes his personal writings and photographs pertaining to music, travel, events, and general intrigue on his blog: FISSILENT PRESS.