It has been four years since Lacey Sturm parted ways with her band, Flyleaf to be with her family. Now, the wait is over and Lacey will be coming out with her debut solo album very soon! The album, Life Screams comes out on February 12, and Immortal Music was lucky enough to be granted an advanced copy!
The album is eleven tracks long, and has a similar vibe fans have always known and loved, all while having its own vibe. Some songs are melodic, and really bring their meaning to the surface, while others have almost a classic rock sort of vibe.
The album starts off with "Impossible" which almost instantly catches your attention. It seems to be about over coming the impossible. You may not be the best, but you're going to do your best and you just may look back and realizing you're doing the impossible. This is about realizing you're doing just that, and because of that, its beautiful. At least from what I've seen from the first song, it does have a very similar feel to Flyleaf's music, but yet, it does have its own twist. Its a bit more melodic than a lot of the Flyleaf stuff I've heard, which really brings out the lyrics.
Some favorite tracks for us are, "I'm Not Laughing" and "Rot", but for very different reasons. "I'm Not Laughing" is empowering, amd tells quite the story. Its about a girl, who appears to be bullied some and keeps to herself, but instead of being hurt by their words and wanting to fit in, she realizes she's differnt and embraces it. "I'm not pointing my finger, I don't want to be like you." She's not changing for anyone, and that's just how it should be. This song is also very up beat and fun, which surely will make it wonderful to hear live.
As for "Rot", while this is more of a spiritual song, which is not normally our cup of tea, this one is done in a beautiful -dare we say badass?- way, that paints quite the picture. We won't paint the picture for you, you can hear it for yourself when the album is released. We will say that the song speaks of nearly being swallowed by the darkness around you, but then the light is all around you. It is on more of the religious side of things, as we said, but she did it so well that it deserved an honorable mention.
We were also a bit surprised by the "Roxanne" cover. She did it very well, but it was rather unexpected. The song was originally done in 1978 by The Police, and her version sounds like its live and she clearly really appreciates this song. You can hear the passion in the voice, and its pretty impressive.
The entire album is great, and as previously mentioned, you can get the album officially on February 12. Pre-orders are still available for those interested! Further information can be found on Lacey's official website, along with all of her upcoming festival appearances. Lacey will be performing at Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range this April/ May! Be on the look out for more tour dates as well!
Massive thanks to Lacey's press people for sending us an advanced copy of this album! We appreciate it a lot and are very grateful to have been able to review it before its release!
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