According to the liner notes, this whole album was recorded live in the studio during the "Blizzard of '99" without any rehearsals before the recording session. All of these ingredients help make this one of Ben Weasel's proudest effort to date with Screeching Weasel. Rightfully so, "Emo" is laced with a production that's a little rough around the edges with a serious mad-on towards everyone who's ever giver Mr. Weasel a hard time. Without any backing vocals or a slice of cheer, "Emo" ranks in the top spot of darkest record in the Screeching Weasel discography -another direction that Ben wanted to take with the band according to the liner notes of "Kill The Musician." Nothing in comparable to his earlier days on Lookout!, but they can at least be forgiven for their last two albums on Fat.
AllMusic Review by Mike DaRonco