Emarosa unveil a new lineup and a sleek, sophisticated, but powerful sound on their third album, 2014's Versus. Featuring new vocalist Bradley Scott Walden (formerly of Squid the Whale) along with founding members E.R. White on guitars, Jordan Stewart on keyboards, and Will Sowers on bass, Versus is Emarosa's most polished and stylish effort to date, but the passion and forceful attack that marked their earlier work is still center stage on this release, as White's muscular guitar work reinforces the strong but artful emotional attack of Walden's vocals, which fuse R&B influences with a rocker's spirit. Featuring a set of songs that deal with powerful emotions on a grand scale, Versus is crafted with a skill that should attract new fans while satisfying their old ones with intelligence, sincerity, and uncompromised musical power.
AllMusic Review by Mark Deming