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Flyleaf - "Flyleaf" (CD/EP)

Flyleaf - "Flyleaf" CD/EP cover image

"Flyleaf" track listing:

1. I'm So Sick
2. Fully Alive
3. Breathe Today
4. I'm Sorry
5. Cassie
6. Red Sam

Reviewed by on April 13, 2006

"passionately beautiful, yet hauntingly chilling"

With the popularization of Evanescence emerges a wave of female-fronted rock bands, all riding on the success of Amy Lee & Co. Flyleaf managed to get ahold of the whirlwind and storm their way out their small town of Belton, Texas. Lead singer Lacey Mosley may appear tiny and quiet, but her angst-ridden screams packs a powerful punch that will leave you thinking otherwise. Her voice may be similar to that of Avril Lavigne and Tanja Lainio (of Lullacry), but Lacey possesses more vocal diversity, ranging from raw anger to sweet melody to tortured sorrow, and everything in between. The vocals are passionately beautiful, yet hauntingly chilling like Bjork. As for the music, it tends to be on the generic alt-rock side, following the footsteps of bands such as Staind, Audioslave and Breaking Benjamin. The guitars are chunky with a little too much nu-metal-influenced chugging at times. Unlike fellow Christian rockers P.O.D., but more like 12 Stones, Flyleaf does not get all preachy in their lyrics, save for the song "Cassie," which was written about Cassie Bernall, who was killed in the Columbine shooting for saying "yes" when asked if she believed in God. In short, this is a good album as far as debut albums go. The band does have potential and is worth checking out.

Highs: Lacey Mosley's diverse vocals.

Lows: The music sounds too much like every other band played on the radio.

Bottom line: For fans of alt-rock bands with female vocals.

Rated 4 out of 5 skulls
4 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)