Emily Haines' solo album is a departure from her work with Broken Social Scene and her band Metric. It's more of a meditative, contemplative, and soul bearing experience. At the Hiro Ballroom, Emily played songs from her beautiful and criminally underrated solo album 'Knives Don’t Have Your Back'. The Hiro ballroom was the perfect setting for her new batch of songs which did not require her punky screaming, sweating Metric persona. Emily’s voice can only be described as beautiful and soft, but with an edge. It’s not the complete whisper you hear on Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl. Her voice has become more grown up and weathered over the last few years, yet it still retains a soft, charming, and depressing quality. Her style is more sophisticated and less frenetic then Fiona Apple, and more edgy and less country then Jenny Lewis. It’s a perfect mix that made for a compelling performance which was accompanied by three video screens playing black and white movie clips synched to her performance. It was all very well done and made for a beautiful evening. Highlights included The Lottery and Reading in Bed.
Check out this photo from Emily's Philly show a few days before Hiro. Photo by Oliver J. Lopena: oliverlopena.com