‘Vicious’ really sums up this album. Halestorm come at you with full force and don’t let up the entire album. From the first single “Uncomfortable” I knew this would be great.
In a music scene that is lacking bonafide Rock Stars, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale fits that bill perfectly. That voice and the fuck you attitude place her in realm most singers only wish they could achieve. She isn’t one-dimensional either. Her style and vocal delivery change up throughout and the album is never boring.
The band’s songs are loud, heavy, rowdy, dark and at times very sexual (“Do Not Disturb” and “Conflicted” in particular). It takes the line of Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll and takes it up a notch. Musically, the band hits it on all cylinders with great guitar solos, nasty bass lines and explosive drumming especially on songs like “Painkiller”, “Black Vultures”, “White Dress” and “Skulls”. On “The Silence”, Lzzy’s voice is channeling Ann Wilson (one of the greatest voices in rock).
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For My Sunday Song #96, I am discussing the beautiful song by Halestorm called “Beautiful with You”. The song is off the gold selling album ‘The Strange Case of…’ which went to # 1 on the Hard Rock Charts. However, despite the album having 5 singles, this was not one. I chose this one since we are currently discussing power ballads and I thought I would bring the power ballad into the 21st Century and highlight a newer song that I felt fit the mold.
The song definitely has the power with Lzzy Hale’s vocals and it is a slower tempo and softer song you would expect with a ballad that ebbs and flows between harder and soft. The song has a great tone to it and is a very emotional song. The song is about loving your self and realizing it is okay to reach out to others for help. It doesn’t make you weak, but strong. Here is what Lzzy told journalist Valerie Bastien (from Songfacts.com) about her low self-esteem…
“Believe me, I don’t always feel like a rock star, and there are times when I look in the mirror and scream. Especially emotionally,” admitted Lzzy. “I used to hide a lot of my feelings of insecurity and powerlessness, and just wouldn’t reach out to someone because I thought it meant that I was weak if I did. I wanted people to see that it’s ok to need a shoulder sometimes, and to have those “ugly days” and to let down your guard. We’re human and we’re not perfect… don’t let those thoughts in your head rule your life and prevent you from opening yourself up.”
I really love the verse that states the following:
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For My Sunday Song #64, I chose a classical pop track called “Shatter Me” by Lindsey Stirling. If you don’t know Lindsey, shame on you, she is an American violinist who performs what is called classical crossover. It is classical music with a Pop twist to it is how would describe it. The song “Shatter Me” was off her second album of the same name. It was actually Lindsey’s first attempt at writing lyrics and normally the songs are instrumentals only. I have loved this song since I first heard it and was reminded of it when I saw Lindsey on Dancing With the Stars…and she is pretty good.
The song features the powerhouse vocals of Halestorm’s lead singer Lzzy Hale. The combination of Lindsey’s musical stylings and Lzzy’s rock vocals delivers one of the best songs of 2014. The song would go on to reach #39 on the Billboard Adult Pop songs and was her first charting song.
The song has a positive message about breaking free or shattering the image of what you think people want you to be to being what you want to be. It is about being strong and having the courage to push the limits of who you can be and what you can do. The rock edge to the song and that violin together prove to be a powerful force in delivering this strong message.
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As I have said repeatedly, cover albums are not my favorite albums as usually they lack the imagination and creativity to make them feel like it is the band’s songs. They stick too much to the original and who wants that. If I want to hear something that sounds like the original song, I will listen to the original song.
I will keep an open mind with this review and do my best to do it justice. Halestorm is now on their 3rd edition of their Reanimate the Covers E.P.’s. I give the band credit for giving their fans something to tide them over until their next album. As a music fan, it is nice to always get something new from your favorite bands even if it is a cover song. However, Halestorm does a lot of covers.
After listening to the album repeatedly for the last few days, I feel I have a great grasp of the songs and can say that I am not overly impressed with the E.P. as a whole. The band sticks pretty close to the original versions which is where my disappointment lies on most of the songs, but overall it is not a bad effort. I would rather have a full album of new material though.
The opening track is “Still of the Night”, a Whitensake cover. I have to admit I do like this song. Yes, they stick close to the original version, but the vocal range is actually perfect for Lzzy and the band sounds really great. What I like about Halestorm is that when they really rock it out, that is where they shine. This song really gives them the opportunity to rock out.
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Most of the rock albums I have are sung by men. However, there are a lot of great rock songs and albums with female lead singers. I was sitting here listening to Janis Joplin and started thinking about who were some of my favorite female lead singers that could rock it out. Below is my list of my favorite Women that Rock.
Here we go.
“Piece of My Heart” – Janis Joplin
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