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Self Titled Album By Flyleaf
, my reveiw
Member No.: 135
Joined: 7-May 05
| The Album
This is quite an interesting CD artwork, kind of catchy, yet not to bold. It features what looks to be a field of wheat or something to that affect and a man dressed in a black shirt and blue jeans. This character seems almost depressed as he is carried away by two birds, which look to be black doves. In the upper left corner there is the bands name in caps and a cool fire looking symbol. The back features an eerie looking picture of the band against a dark background with what looks like the shadow of a tree on it. Under this picture is the track listing in some interesting writing, some looks smeared while some looks to have a ghost image on top. Underneath are your regular bar code, record label symbol (Octone Records/SRE recordings), the copyrights, and such.
Sadly the booklet does not feature the lyrics to the songs but bits of lyrics to some songs. Each page features pictures of a different band member while, what looks like, performing. The background is a simple grey with a couple little pictures. The tracks are listed again, with the same font as the back. The last page features the regular band thanks and "Credits".
The CD is quite interesting in a pale yellow with black shadows of a tangled bush in the background. Off to the side is the same Flyleaf symbol and band name as the front onf the CD and then the track listings underneath that, once again, in the same writing as before. Also there is all the rocord label symbols and the copyright information.
This CD, which I bought for $11 and you can probably find for around the same price, is defiantly worth it. 11 tracks of, in my opinion, amazing music (we'll get into that later) is defiantly worth the $11. So check it out next time you head to your local music store. Right now this CD can probably be found on sale as it is one of the top CDs in America right now.
There isn't anything extremely spectacular about the instrumentation on this CD, but it is far from bad. The first track, "I'm So Sick", starts with some good bass riffs thanks to Pat Seals, which continues through much of the CD. The guitars, although not much to be ecstatic about are no disappointment. Sameer Bhattacharya (yes that is his name) and Jared Hartman pound you with some good guitar almost from start to finish on the CD while drummer James Culpepper lays some fairly simple but pretty awesome beats. Additional guitar is added by Dave Navarro on "There For You".
The vocals feature Lacey Mosley mostly. With her amazing vocal abilities you will be hypnotized almost instantly. The way she can blend screaming and singing amazes me to no extent. Her almost mysterious voice could mystify the most un-musical among us. She starts off "I'm So Sick" with an eerie voice which breaks into a full out scream soon after. In "Cassie" her voice reaches some of its highest and lowest (besides her screaming) on the CD. The song "So I Thought" holds so much emotion it makes your heart reach out with Mosley as she sings. Additional lyrics are added by Ryan White on "Cassie", "Red Sam", and "So I Thought". Adding a male voice into the CD here and there adds a nice finishing touch to the CD.
Flyleaf features so much raw emotion the listener can almost not bear but at least feel for, if not cry out with, Mosley while she sings about the heartbreak and trials she has gone through in her life. But the songs offer hope through Christ in times of trials. The song "I'm So Sick" talks about how Mosley is sick of her surroundings, her actions, her "friends", basically her life but that through it all she knows there is something much greater, that can heal this "sickness" she suffers from. The song "Cassie" speaks of the girl, Cassie Bernall, who was shot in the Columbine High shootings in 1999. This is the girl who was asked if she believed in God and responded "Yes" knowing it meant death to her. The song "All Around Me" speaks of when Mosley is in a place where God is all around her, the angels are singing, and she is alive. The song "Breath Today" talks of shedding all your sins and just being able to breath freely without the weight of the world on your chest. And finishes saying that only one thing can fill the void left where the world was. All around there is an amazing message in this CD throughout almost every song you will either learn of Mosley's heartache and the life through Christ she now lives or her crying out to others offering this life to them as well.
1. I'm So Sick
2. Fully alive
6. I'm Sorry
7. All Around Me
8. I'm confused on this track, the case shows it as Red Sam but when I play the CD it is actually Breath Today
9. There For You
10. Red Sam/Breath Today (see Track 8)
11. So I Thought
My favorite track… hmm… well it is hard to pick. "I'm So Sick" is an amazing song showing just how versatile Mosley's voice is but the raw emotion of "So I Thought" tears me apart. I don't think it is possible to pick a favorite off this CD but "I'm So Sick", "Fully Alive", "Cassie", and "So I Thought" are probably my favorites.
Where to Listen
www.myspace.com/flyleaf ~ Fully Alive, I'm So Sick, Cassie, So I Thought
www.purevoume.com/flyleaf ~ I'm So Sick, Fully Alive, So I Thought
www.flyleaf.com ~ I'm So Sick, Fully Alive
This CD, although only about 35 minutes, is well worth the $11-$13 it would cost. Featuring some good instrumentation and amazing vocals and message, the CD carries me away every time I listen to it. Mosley offers her heart on her sleeve in this CD and truly just tells it like it is. This CD is a very good buy for those who don't mind some screaming here and there but love heartfelt emotion and truthfulness in their music.
The Instrumentation leaves some to be desired but other than that this CD is clearly amazing. It is no wonder this band is one of the top in America and I don't mean just in the Christian world.
So what are you still here for? Go buy the CD. This post has been edited by underOATH on Aug 18 2006, 05:48 PM
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