Sound — 7
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.
Lyrics — 7
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.
Overall Impression — 7
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.