EMM GRYNER Asianblue (Dead Daisy) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
There's such a glut of blandly generic girly singer-songwriters on the market that it's nice to hear someone who's defined a unique style. Emm Gryner's seventh full-length record is a consistent collection of wide-eyed, sweet chick-powered pop, but every song bears her signature stamp. Gryner's grown older and wiser since her brush with major-label stardom, which is a good thing -- she's lost the cloying sugariness that weakened earlier catchy numbers like the Mix 99.9 staple Summerlong. She still knows how to write a good hook, though -- these tunes are eminently hummable -- but she's also working on adding some atmosphere to her songs, with organs and even shuffly breakbeats. Her stint backing up David Bowie is apparent in 80s-inspired accents and her new fascination with the word "rebel," which pops up often.