Type: Rock/Heavy Alternative
If you like: Spoken, Cranberries, Plumb, Superchic[k]
What is a flyleaf? It has two definitions. The first is a blank page at the beginning or end of a book. The second is a hardcore band that knows how to rock! Sure, the lead singer is of the female persuasion, but it’s no gimmick with this group. This girl has a pair of lungs on her that can bring down any house. Not to count out the rest of the band, but every band member has their talent, which they execute with lasting appeal. This quintet from Texas is a team that knows what rock fans want. And they are not afraid to give it to them in an eleven-song, self-titled album that will leave the listener going through emotion after emotion. From the pits of depression to the ascension of grace, there is no limit to the range of the band’s writing.
“From the pits of depression to the ascension of grace, there is no limit to the range of the band’s writing.”
With their heavy sound and even stronger lyrics, each song conveys a message of hope in a world that is harsh and demanding. In the song “Perfect,” “I’m only perfect in just your strength alone. All my efforts to clean me leave me putrid and filthy.” “Perfect” declares, with an awesome drive, the need to lean on Jesus to find salvation. Perhaps most provoking are the songs “Cassie” and “Red Sam.” For anyone who has thought of suicide, both songs show that there is still hope and redemption. “All Around Me” continues to carry the message of the grace of God and his promise to have us feel alive. As one of the slower songs, “So I Thought” melodically pieces together some of the best Flyleaf has to offer, with a message resonating to the listener. Putting a great end to an album that rocks from the very beginning is a task this band has no trouble doing.
“For all those who missed bands like the Cranberries or wished for a more hardcore No Doubt or Superchic[k], your musical prayers have been answered.”
Lyrically, this band is very mature and has little to envy of any other band. Granted, I did not care much for the band’s first track, “I’m So Sick,” and almost did not give enough attention to allow them a second listen. Fortunately, I got past the whole “chick singer” thing, and my own disappointment in bands with female lead singers. I realized their passion, and the message brought me in to stay. Now I love the song! (The video is also available through their website.) For all those who missed bands like the Cranberries or wished for a more hardcore No Doubt or Superchic[k], your musical prayers have been answered. Do no let this album pass you by! Possibly staking permanent placement in my CD player, Flyleaf is a band worthy of more than just a second listen. You can rock this in the car or blast it at home. You will not be disappointed!