The Juliana Theory - Emotion Is Dead (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review

The Juliana Theory

Emotion Is Dead (2000)

Tooth & Nail

" Here's a thought, if you're willing to listen. I only tell the truth of the feelings I'm given. - The Juliana Theory

I first heard about the Juliana Theory way back on this album's release date in 2000. It was also the first time I heard the term "Emo" ::shutters::

There was a pretty lengthy article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette hyping up the new record by the Pittsburgh quintet. The article gave it nothing but kudos, so off to the record store I went.

I was a little surprised at first, because at the time all I listened to was the Epitaph and Fat Wreck sound and Ska. This whole "Emo" thing was all new to me and it was defiantly a term the band hated having applied to them. To me, it was just a very poppy rock record.

"We're at the Top of the World" is unquestionably one of those cute songs your female friend would love if you put it on a mix tape for her. It's upbeat, catchy, and pretty corny, but you'll be singing along with the "Sha la la la's" in no time.

The first five tracks really set this band up for a remarkable record but after the instrumental "Emotion is Dead, Pt. 1" things slide downhill, fast. The first half of the disc has its buoyant melodies that draw you in and the darker moments are done precisely. However, the backend of the album seems like its all filler. "Understand the Dream is Over" is an exception though, it's an enjoyable song that would have fit better earlier in the album. The second instrumental track aptly named "Emotion is Dead, Pt. 2" leaves you thinking that this would have made a marvelous EP.

In general if you're a fan of some popped up rock music or you like the swarm of bands on the "Emo" bandwagon then this disc is for you. Have no fear though; it's nothing like their latest full length "Love."