Released: Apr 10, 2012
Genre: Hard Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge
Number Of Tracks: 12
Halestorm bites with their latest release on Atlantic Records, "The Strange Case Of..."
The Strange Case Of...
StackedTuna, on june 27, 2012 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Sound: Halestorm's second album, "The Strange Case Of..." is an impressive album. It's filled with energetic, radio rock songs, aggressive lyrics and a couple of sensitive ballads. // 7
Lyrics: From the catchy, reckless opener "Love Bites (So Do I)" to the more heartfelt songs such as "Break In", this album has it all. "Mz.Hyde" has cheerful yet sarcastic verses, and a dark, heavier chorus, with haunting lyrics like "Welcome to the nightmare in my head". It showcases Lzzy Hale's ability of using a delicate singing voice and then the use of destructive, in your face vocals. There's the powerful "I Miss The Misery" and anthemic "Freak Like Me" which really captivate the listener, both with hard rocking sounds. "Rock Show" is a cheesy, fun song that will be stuck in your head all day. The guitar riffs on the album are reminiscent of Foo Fighters ("You Call Me A B-tch Like It's A Bad Thing") and even AC/DC ("American Boys"). The final track on the album, "Here's To Us" is a song filled with power and emotion, which finishes the album on a high. The bonus tracks are also great; "Don't Know How To Stop" is a big clump of energy, with a huge chorus. "Private Parts" featuring James Michael of Sixx:A.M is a brilliant song, it just has fairly weird lyrics. // 7
Overall Impression: Some people may compare Halestorm to Paramore just because they have a female lead singer, but this comparison is far from the truth; Halestorm are more edgy and powerful, and "The Strange Case Of..." shows just that. // 7
The Strange Case Of...
XerxesXavier, on april 30, 2012 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: Halestorm bites (But so do we) with their latest release on Atlantic Records, "The Strange Case Of..." With an explosive opening it fails to disappoint, however as the album progresses an all too soft centre is revealed from the Pennsylvanian rockers.
After the first 4 tracks: "Love Bites (So Do I)", "Mz Hyde", "I Miss The Misery" and "Freak Like Me", taking a dark, heavy and gritty path, the album seems to be a helter skelter of musical intensity, suddenly turning it from 11 to 1 with 3 soft ballads, "Beautiful With You", "In Your Room" and "Break In". After this it struggles to reach the pinnacle of excellence it achieved at the start with 4 more heavy songs, "Rock Show", "Daughters Of Darkness", "You Call Me A B-tch Like It's A Bad Thing" and the very AC/DC sounding, "American Boys". To finally top off the album we are sent back down the slide again with another binary opposite song, both musically and lyrically, to the start called, "Here's To Us", which also happened to feature on the TV show called "Glee".
It's an interesting concept with the album being called, "The Strange Case Of..." obviously being about Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, it's apparent it's called this due to the diversity in the album. Ballads aren't always bad however with such a unique opening it comes to an almost creative standstill with the very generically structured slower, more heart felt songs. It makes for an interesting gimmick but as an album in whole it becomes very confusing which direction the band want to take their music. // 7
Lyrics: With every song our excitement rose and we began to ask the question: could this band shoot up to metal stardom? Sadly this dream was thwarted when the dirty lyrics disappeared and turned into something only an Avril Lavigne or "Glee" fan could enjoy. Of course sentimental can be wonderful but with lyrics such as, "I feel beautiful with you", taking the reins Hale reveals a host of generic love ballads with a meaning too soppy for a potential metal star.
Whereas the concept of Lizzy Hale becoming Mz Hyde in the album is a clever one lyrically the whole thing is very one dimensional and unoriginal. Hale tries to hard to show that she is the sweet girl covered by a hardcore rock chick exterior who "stands out from the crowd", a character that music has seen too many times before. // 5
Overall Impression: Ultimately, Halestorm have and almost unrivalled opportunity to fill a gap in the music market that screams out for a raw metal group fronted by a talented female vocalist. However "The Strange Case Of..." is all to confusing as we skip from awesome riffs to dull cheese.
Halestorm are at a crucial crossroads, if they go "Glee" they will gain a burst of gaudy glitz-ridden fame, which will cause their sudden departure to the pit of pop artist time forgot. We don't to see such a potentially brilliant band die. If they choose the metal route, they could achieve a large, devoted fan base and become a promising, talented addition to a male dominated genre. // 7