Flyleaf
Between the Stars


4.0
excellent

Review

by HunterHuntable USER (6 Reviews)
September 15th, 2014 | 9 replies


Release Date: 09/16/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Certainly an improvement with room for more.

For a band that required somewhat of a refresh with the loss of vocalist Lacey Sturm and the subsequent gain of former Vedera vocalist Kristen May – Between the Stars is an album that, though far from flawless, is a big leap in the right direction for an act like Flyleaf.

Kicking into tracks like “Set Me on Fire” and “Magnetic” give the album that edge that the Flyleaf we once knew hadn’t just changed thanks to their new vocalist but their reinvigoration for the fourth full-length in their career. Kristen May does a fantastic job on the record and may not be as distinctive as Lacey, but gives a very dynamic performance that strengthens the songs as a whole.

With the exceptions of “Traitor” and “Magnetic”, there’s a particularly new vibe to Flyleaf which may concern old fans. Tracks like “City Kids” give more of a Taylor Swift VS. old Flyleaf atmosphere (especially being the only track on the record with distinguishable screamo backing vocals). City Kids actually sounds like a slight rewrite of classic Flyleaf track “All Around Me”

One of the most noticeable things about Between the Stars is the guitar and key work, which is far-more inspired and supplements the ‘poppyness’ of the band. Songs like “Platonic” and “Well of Lies” rely on the keyboards, distorted bass guitars and rhythm work that Flyleaf has often lacked since their first EP.
Lyrically the album is all over the place. Some of the cliché and predictable verses can be surprising when compared to the better and more intricate of some others. Another criticism would be that the track listing feels as though it doesn’t flow as much as it could and should. The poppy songs are grouped somewhat awkwardly.

Between the Stars is a definite improvement over New Horizons but it may just fail to bring old fans back despite encouraging new ones to come forward. The album is not as Jesus-freaked as the former records and is way bubblier than one would expect – whether or not this is a bad thing is really down to your own opinions.


Tracks to check out:
Platonic
Marionette
City Kids



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William17 (4)
Wow. What a (pleasant) surprise....

Clifgard (3.5)
Turning over a new leaf....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
erizen826
September 15th 2014


855 Comments


Solid review. I might check this. Would you recommend this to someone who's never really listened to the band before?

HunterHuntable
September 16th 2014


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Certainly would. Can never hurt to try

Skoop
September 16th 2014


2110 Comments


Not a fan of this but nice review

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2014


2597 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Decent album considering the band's line-up change, but it often leaves me wanting more. Personal highlights for me would be "Platonic" and "Head Underwater".

cryptside
November 30th 2014


2397 Comments


Hmm, might give this a go. It's been forever since I've listened to Flyleaf though. Intrigued by a different vocalist. Nice review as well.

slade33
March 12th 2015


2 Comments


Well....it does not fly...even in a tornado will this leaf get of the ground...sorry but it's just not rite...

SweeneyTodd
March 2nd 2016


2175 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Best album they've done since their debut imo. Platonic, Well of Lies and City Kids are the highlights for me

MuhNamesTyler
August 25th 2016


6527 Comments


https://youtu.be/6dzmsEJdSIw


Singer quit the band

Digging: Dead Heat - Certain Death

Get Low
May 3rd 2019


5176 Comments


The girl who sings on this album is fugly.



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