After coming in fourth on the second season of Fox’s “X Factor,” Emblem3 were greeted with open arms by thousands of fans as they prepared the release of their debut album “Nothing To Lose.” Their success granted off the album led them to create and release the follow-up EP, “Songs From The Couch Vol. 1.” Failing to make many strides forward, their independent EP failed to garner the recognition of their mixed review debut. Now in 2014, the trio, who recently became a duo, hope to experience the same fame that came from their stint on the “X Factor.”
Titled “Forever Together,” Emblem3’s latest release showcases more of the op-reggae blend listeners were previously exposed to. The resulting EP is a collection of halfhearted, alarmingly plain tracks with very little individuality to be noticed. The brothers, whose debut release had been produced through Simon Cowell’s label, have been the charm to this ordinary necklace, as both “Songs From The Couch Vol. 1” and their current release will most likely fail to gain any sort of lasting traction.
Clearly picking up from Cowell’s ability to churn out boy band material, “Obsessed” focuses on what sounds like meaningless lyrics. Providing nothing new to the industry, this track may have actually been permissible had it had the backing of their old label. Without industry marketing though, this track is sure to enter one ear and out the other.
What begins as an actually interesting song soon falls to pieces on “Don’t Know Her Name.” From its opening guitar strumming beat to the singers’ wispy vocals, “Don’t Know Her Name” presents itself as a new direction for the brothers, but that soon changes as the song progresses and becomes extremely similar to “Obsessed.”
The album’s only memorable track is the easy-listening title track, “Forever Together.” Sweet and simple, this minimally produced track perfectly captures fluid motion as its blend of reggae and pop music creates a warm atmosphere. Similar to some of Bruno Mars’ earlier music, this track is the only one with relevance.
“Forever Together” is not anything special. Sure, songs on it could be entertaining for a long car ride, but in a world saturated in fun car music, why even bother spending the time looking into them? Unless of course you want to be one of the few people that will remember the words to a single one of their songs. For Emblem3, it seems as though their 15 minutes is up.