Release date: June 2011
Virtue is the second album by London singer-songwriter Emma-Lee Moss — better known by her stage name Emmy the Great — and was released on June 13, 2011. It has been described as "meticulous and atmospheric" and has been praised for its poetic writing style.
The album mixes themes from myths, fairy tales and saints' lives. Moss initially wanted the album to tell a story entirely from the point of view of various "characters", both fictional and historical, however, while writing the album, Moss' fiancé converted to Christianity and their relationship came to an end. As a result of this, Virtue would become, much like First Love, a very personal album. Moss explains that she "had this really weird period where I was supposed to be getting married... I was actually reading lots about theology because I didn't understand what had happened." The album was recorded shortly after the summer in which her wedding was cancelled, with Gareth Jones (notable for working with Depeche Mode, Einstürzende Neubauten, Wire and Erasure) given the job to produce the album.
The album entered the UK Albums Chart at #84.