Improving in almost all aspects, Halestorm add the substance to their sound that was lacking in their first release, not only boosting the technicality of their instruments, but adding in multiple new trinkets to their sound, such as occasional electronic input. The guitar and drums continue to push forward the vocals and occasionally take off on their own to boost the experience of each song.
Pennsylvanian hard-rockers Halestorm showcase their split personality on 2nd LP 'The Strange Case Of...'. Once more playing mainstream-leaning hard-rock, Howard Benson's production may be too polished this time around, slickening up Lzzy Hale's vocals to the point of detracting from her raw power. Conversely, one cannot deny the sheer catchiness evident here, as well as the band's admirable attempts to diversify their theoretically dated & generic sound. What made the band/label place 3 ballads consecutively mid-album - & exclude bonus track duet 'Private Parts' - will remain a mystery. Recommended Tracks: I Miss the Misery, Beautiful With You, Love Bites & Mz. Hyde.