By APRIL GEORGE
With six years gone by since the release of “Opheliac,” fans of Emilie Autumn were beginning to wonder if they would ever see new material.
Autumn announced “Fight Like A Girl” in 2010, shortly after the release of her autobiographical fantasy novel, “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls.” Fans waited eagerly but heard nothing more until early this year, when Autumn began debuting songs from the album on her tour.
The concept album for Autumn’s planned stage musical based on her book was finally released on June 24. Fans crashed her website in their hurry to get the album, which has since received mixed reviews from the fanbase.
“Fight Like A Girl” is a far different experience than her first album, “Enchant,” though not nearly as dark as “Opheliac.”
Dark tunes include the title track, which is about revenge, plus “Take the Pill,” about forced medication, “Time for Tea,” a violent song about rising against oppressors (in the case of the story, doctors in an asylum) and “Scavenger,” which is about both vultures and grave robbers, depending on how listeners perceive it.
Other songs range from humorous (“Girls! Girls! Girls!”) to thought-provoking (“Gaslight,” “One Foot in Front of the Other,” “Goodnight Sweet Ladies.”) Autumn also included “If I Burn,” a song cut from “Opheliac” about the witch burnings of Europe, and several instrumental tracks.
The best part of the album is that a listener doesn’t need to have read the book to understand it, as Autumn tells the story through song.
Unfortunately, the album uses less violin than her previous ones, a letdown given that Autumn is a talented violinist. Other critiques have panned some of the songs as “rushed” and not up to the standards of her first two albums.
One song in particular, “The Key,” has been poorly received by most fans. Though it has excellent instrumentals, the lyrics are poorly rendered and spend too much time simply summarizing the climax of the book.
Favorite tracks include “Fight Like a Girl,” “Girls! Girls! Girls!,” “Take the Pill,” “If I Burn,” “Hell is Empty,” and “Goodnight Sweet Ladies.” Least favorite track: “The Key.”