88. Flyleaf: Flyleaf

(Octone, 2005)

There aren’t too many good female-fronted Christian rock bands. Heck, there aren’t too many female-front Christian rock bands period, so when a band comes along like Flyleaf and releases a debut album that totally rocks, well it’s a breath of fresh air. And Flyleaf’s lead singer Lacey Mosley’s voice sure is amazing. (Well at least she was the lead singer.)

When I heard I’m So Sick, the first song on the record, for the first time I was blown away. The song features a killer combination of clean and screamed vocals, with the right amounts of “softness” and “loudness” in just the right places. Fully Alive is not as abrasive vocally, but it has the same super-catchy chorus. Likewise, All Around Me fits the mold and is equally impressive. All three songs are big and bombastic – in a good way. Sure, Flyleaf is equally as competent musically with more subdued sounds, as is the case with Cassie. But the band is definitely at its best when building songs to a crescendo, with Mosely’s voice always the focal point.

With shades of Evanescence and Paramore, even a bit of Thousand Foot Krutch, Flyleaf’s sound is typical radio-friendly alternative hard rock. However, the band’s truly great songs, such as I’m So Sick, are at the head of the class.

TRACK LISTING:

  1. I’m So Sick
  2. Fully Alive
  3. Perfect
  4. Cassie
  5. Sorrow
  6. I’m Sorry
  7. All Around Me
  8. Red Sam
  9. There For You
  10. Breathe Today
  11. So I Thought

LISTEN HERE:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Flyleaf/1086189

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