Review Summary: Ew2 of 5 thought this review was well written
A few years back a band called Flyleaf were formed that garnered a little attention within rock and metal circles for the fact they had a girl that could scream. Their hit song I'm So Sick showed this off to good affect and the band got a lot of praise for their debut which is weird given how it did absolutely nothing new. It's like people think "Oh, ***, they've got a girl who can scream, we gotta give them loads of praise, even though the screaming is on like 3 songs but oh well." This absolutely ridiculous mentality meant that Flyleaf shot to fame despite the fact they had done nothing whatsoever to earn it.
Okay so Lacey can sing. That is the one positive about this album, and even that isn't that great. There are a hundred female vocalists that can sing considerably better than Lacey, with bands such as Within Temptation and Evanescence having shown this off many times. Her voice mainly sticks to a high pitched style of singing with a few low screams thrown in to mix it up a little. The best vocal performances are on Im So Sick, Fully Alive and Red Sam. The latter of these songs is another one that shot the band to notoriety due to its association with the organisation To Write Love On Her Arms, and has a great vocal performance from Lacey but not a lot else to add to this.
Sadly the instrumental work is very lackluster. A fair chunk of the guitar riffs would not feel out of place on a nu-metal record released in 1999, carrying the same obsession with sticking primarily to open strings. When the band are not playing open strings they throw in a few semi-catchy guitar lines that feel out of place when stacked up against the depressing subject matter Lacey sings about. The drumming is awful and the bass lines are completely inaudible for the most part. On this album there is the variation of about three different beats that are repeated nearly constantly and get more and more boring as you progress through each of the songs (which really becomes a chore after four of five of them).
If you want to check this band out then I highly recommend Im So Sick, Red Sam and Fully Alive. The first of the three is a fairly heavy number and is the strongest on here whilst the other two show off some nice vocal performances. The others are all a bland mass of the same idea repeated over and over again with little to no musical merit.