Life Screams review by Lacey Sturm

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  • Released: Feb 12, 2016
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.1 (22 votes)
Lacey Sturm: Life Screams
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Sound — 8
After breaking into the music scene with three successful albums, including a platinum certified debut, as the lead singer of Flyleaf, Lacey Sturm has begun to make the transition from rock band frontwoman to solo artist. Lacey's debut solo album, entitled "Life Screams," features her signature vocals accompanied by guitar work from her husband, Josh Sturm, as well as songwriting collaborations from Skillet's Korey Cooper. Fans of Flyleaf will find familiarity in Lacey's first solo album as the record displays a mixture of hard rock songs coupled with moments of acoustic-based songwriting. "Life Screams" features quality production, high energy, and a display of raw emotion from a singer who often chooses to wear her heart on her sleeve.

Lyrics — 9
Ever since Flyleaf's debut album was released in 2005, Lacey Sturm has been recognized in the rock community for her unique voice, signature scream, and genuine lyrics. Lacey recently became an author with the release of her first book in 2014 entitled "The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living." Her writing style as an author is prevalent in her lyrical themes throughout her first solo album. Lacey tells stories of perseverance and hope through her lyrics, and this message is evident in songs such as the album's lead single, "Impossible," as well as other tracks including "You're Not Alone" and "Feels Like Forever." Vocally, Lacey reveals her power and angst in tracks such as "Rot" and "The Soldier." She also highlights the serenity of her voice in the acoustically-driven "Run to You" and the piano-accompanied title track, "Life Screams."

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One of my personal favorite traits about Lacey's songwriting is her ability to build lyrical and musical themes together. An example of this occurs in the album's title track during the third chorus. While being accompanied solely by a piano, Lacey uses a vocal crescendo to sing the opening chorus line, "Life screams out... it's calling you by name." The softness in her voice emphasizes the song's meaning of taking the time to listen to what life is saying to you. The following transition in singing style displays the power behind Lacey's voice, driving home the lyrical idea that life is screaming out to those who are willing to listen.

Overall Impression — 9
"Life Screams" is a welcomed album from Flyleaf fans who were saddened to learn of Lacey's departure from the band, and the record also highlights Lacey's unique abilities as a solo artist. My favorite songs from the record include "Life Screams," "Run to You," "You're Not Alone," and "Rot." The album also includes a live cover of "Roxanne" by The Police. The band puts its own twist on this song by performing it slower and heavier in comparison to the original, but this is also a track I find myself skipping on occasion.

I have kept this album in my car's CD player since it was released, and I would definitely buy a second copy if I lost this one. "Life Screams" highlights another successful moment in Lacey's musical career, and I look forward to listening to her future work for years to come.

9 comments sorted by best / new / date

    AMar86
    I dig it, she still has one of the most identifiable, modern, female rock voices. I would like to hear more of her scream though, it's killer.
    comanine6cubed
    The verse parts are way more powerful than the chorus parts on this entire album. Not as good as Flyleaf but way better than Flyleaf with the singer they replaced her with. Rot is a great song, all in all, I give this album a 7 out of 10.
    vismbr
    This album sounds kind of bland, or maybe it's just that everything sounds bland in comparison to flyleafs debut album which is a masterpiece.
    gokhanipek02
    Just because this is her first album without Flyleaf, it still sounds like Flyleaf but with a little more "Christian Rock" theme. I can imagine her finding her own style on 2nd or 3rd albums. To me, I really missed her voice and happy to listen to it, according to lastfm, I listened 80 times in last 3-4 days. So it's safe to say I liked it. 9/10
    Slayton101
    Personally, I think "Impossible" and "Life Screams" are good for the style. "Rot" and "The Soldier" are ok, but are missing something. The rest are below average. Overall, it's an average solo album that really only appeals to fans that miss the old Flyleaf.
    triciahart456
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    triciahart456 · Mar 10, 2016 09:08 AM