Sound — 9
In "New Horizons" Flyleaf maintains its signature heavy sound mixed with experimentation of effects. The band does great in keeping "New Horizons" very interesting for listeners. The album features heavy songs like "Fire Fire", "Freedom", and "Green Heart", and in-your-face songs like "Call You Out", to lighter songs like the title track and "Broken Wings" (a track that the band wrote way back in the Passerby days before they changed their name). As the last album with Lacey Sturm it is a good album to remember her by.
Lyrics — 9
"New Horizons" is the first album to not only feature lead singer Lacey Sturm's vocals, but also the vocals of guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya and bassist Pat Seals. As always, Sturm's vocals sound great, with catchy melodies and adding great falsetto parts that are part of her signature sound. Bhattacharya and Seal's vocals, featured on songs like "New Horizons" and "Saving Grace" make a cool contrast, although I think the band could have been more creative with the guys' vocals. The lyrics are well written. The album features songs like "Fire Fire", which I think is written about a father's abuse; "Cage On The Ground" deals with a performer feeling trapped in the "machine"; "Bury Your Heart", written about a rich businessman, and is along the lines of the Biblical "Why gain the world and lose your soul" passage.
Overall Impression — 9
"New Horizons", in my opinion, is as good as the two albums the preceded it. Like the previous two albums Flyleaf released, the listener does not get much of a chance to use the "skip" button; every track on the album is great to listen to. Although "New Horizons" is filled with just as much emotion that Sturm and the band express so well, the album does seem to feature a smaller number of heavy guitar riffs than the band's self-titled or "Memento Mori" albums. If this album was lost or stolen, I would definitely go and buy it again.