A Decade of Emerson Drive

Multiple award-winning band Emerson Drive, comprised of Brad Mates (lead vocals), Danick Dupelle (guitars and backing vocals), Mike Melancon (drums), Dale Wallace (keyboards and backing vocals), and David Pichette (fiddle), got their start in Alberta after winning a local Battle of the Bands contest. With their boyish good looks and roguish charm, it’s easy to forget th staffa_2at this band has been winning awards for nine years already, and has now just come out with a Greatest Hits album, titled Decade of Drive. First, the good: “Moments,” a heart-wrenching tale sung from the point of view of a homeless man, won the Canadian Country Music Association’s “CMT Music Video of the Year ” and “Single of theYear,” the Inspirational Country Music Awards’ “Video of the Year,” as well as a nomination from the Country Music Association for “Music Video of the Year,” following its initial release in 2007. I believe it earned every single one of those nominations and awards, and while a video has nothing to do with an album review, the song contains some of the most poignant lyrics I’ve ever heard. Now, the lead single from the band’s previous album, “When I See You Again,” which was written as a tribute to former member Patrick Bourque, who committed suicide in 2007, is building up similar expectations. The true sense of loss really comes across in the song, with lyrics such as, “I wonder how you are/What you’re doing way up there/Are you laughing or are you crying/Cause you miss us all down here.” That said…. I was a little disappointed with some of the songs on...