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A Bit O' This And That - Emilie Autumn

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Industrial / Artist: Emilie Autumn / Audio CD released 2008-06-09 at Trisol

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      15.11.2008 01:52
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      Only purchase if you're desperate to complete the collection

      The CD features, excluding "hidden" tracks, two remixes of tracks from "Enchant", previously found only on the out-of-print "Chambermaid" EP, two classical violin pieces and six covers. The remaining five tracks are original compositions from across her career. There are two "hidden" songs following the final track listed on the CD case.

      I will begin with the remixes, the Space Mix of 'Chambermaid' and Celtic Mix of 'What If'. I honestly listen to these very rarely, I consider them pointless.

      The classical violin pieces are enjoyable, although not as good as the tracks on the "Laced" side of "Laced/Unlaced".

      The covers are: 'I Don't Care Much', from Cabaret, which is fine, 'I Know It's Over' originally by the Smiths - enjoyable, but it's an early live recording so not the best quality, 'The Star Spangled Banner', which is bizarre and was apparently recorded to show why she would not be a good choice to sing the US anthem at a baseball game, 'All My Loving', by the Beatles, which is pretty bland, 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Live' - entirely instrumental, played on harpsichord, and 'With Every Passing Day', the theme from "Upstairs Downstairs", and nothing special.

      The original tracks are the best part of this CD. 'Hollow Like My Soul' is track 3, a repetitive and eminently depressing piano and vocal track. It is followed by 'By The Sword', another "Enchant"-era track, originally recorded to benefit victims of 9/11, with a fast pace and uplifting lyrics. 'Find Me A Man', track 7, was originally recorded for one of EA's side projects, but as all her side projects have been at least temporarily suspended, it has been released under the Emilie Autumn name. 'O Mistress Mine' was also intended for a side project - an album of songs written for the scenes in Shakespeare plays where the stage direction reads simply "Music Plays".

      Exclusive to this album is the song 'Miss Lucy Had Some Leeches', in the style of a playground hand-clapping rhyme. The track labelled with that name also includes the original recording 'Photographic Memory' (very short, low sound quality) and cover of Billie Holiday's 'Crazy He Calls Me' (recorded using a pinhole microphone, sound quality very bad!).

      "A Bit O' This And That" really does what it says on the tin. It is a rarities album, pulling together random tracks recorded throughout Emilie Autumn's career today, with little rhyme or reason. I purchased this CD because it was good value for money when first released in a set with "Enchant", and because the packaging is very attractive - a small hardcover book with handwritten notes on each track. It will only really appeal to EA fanatics, and only those amongst them who wish to have the complete collection of her releases - most of the tracks here can be downloaded for free legally on the official forum or on fansite Battered Rose (http://www.batteredrose.com/).

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