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Memento Mori

FlyleafAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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Flyleaf is an American alternative metal band formed in 2000. The current line-up comprises Lacey Mosley (vocals), Sameer Bhattacharya (guitar), Jared Hartmann (guitar), Pat Seals (bass) and James Culpepper (drums)

The band was originally known as Passerby but changed their name upon signing to Octone Records. They released Flyleaf in 2005. The album featured the involvement of Dave ... Read more in Amazon's Flyleaf Store

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M / Octone
  • ASIN: B002NPUCJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beautiful Bride
2. Again
3. Chasm
4. Missing
5. This Close
6. The Kind
7. In The Dark
8. Set Apart This Dream
9. Swept Away
10. Tiny Heart
11. Melting (interlude)
12. Treasure
13. Circle
14. Arise

Editorial Reviews

2009 release, the highly anticipated follow up to their platinum selling, self-titled debut album. Flyleaf bleed, grow, love and live on Memento Mori, a collection of poignant, passionate and pensive Hard Rock songs. From the kinetic first single, 'Again,' to the touching album closer, 'Arise,' guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartman trade orchestral riffs that see-saw from soaring to searing. Drummer James Culpepper smoothly propels every groove forward, whilePat Seals' bass anchors unforgettable hooks. Gliding across this majestic melodic backdrop, Lacey's vocals build into beauty from pain. Her voice reaches transcendent heights on songs like 'Set Apart This Dream' and 'Missing.'

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait was well worth it November 21, 2009
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
Every so often, I come across an album that excites me more and more as I listen to each song for the first time and leaves a smile on my face when it's over. This is one of those albums.

"Memento Mori" is a concept album that explores light and dark and reminds the listener to live while being mindful of death. It should come as no surprise then, given knowledge of the band members' faiths, that the lyrics have a strong Christian theme running through them. While Flyleaf's debut had its share of Christian references, they are much more pronounced and in abundance on this album. The lyrics are meaningful, deep, honest, and blunt. You won't find them in the CD booklet. Instead, the booklet contains a series of journal entries (one for each song) that give insight into the meanings behind the songs, written from the point of view of the commander of an army.

The album is full of original, infectious melodies that have enough variety to carry it through from beginning to end without it becoming boring. There is a nice balance of heavier and lighter rock. The songs are arranged well, starting with an upbeat anthem and ending with a hopeful and haunting closer. Lacey pours her soul into every song she sings. It's clear that the band put a lot of effort into the album, and it paid off.

Although I purchased the deluxe edition of the album, I decided to base my rating only on the main album so I wouldn't have to deduct any stars from the final score for the mini-CD. The extra four-song CD isn't bad, but it's nothing special. It lacks the creativity and diversity of the main album, and doesn't really warrant the hassle of having to pop it into the CD player after the main album is finished.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! November 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was eagerly awaiting the release of this record so I could buy it because I loved Flyleaf's first album. The version of the album I have actually has 22 songs because I bought it initially off Itunes to get the two itunes exclusive tracks. I then came back on here and found out there were five more Amazon exclusive tracks. There is not a bad song here. Lacey's voice never ceases to amaze me. Also, the lyrics on this record are awesome. I like the musical style too. I know that the overtly Christian lyrics my be a bit of a turn off to some of the band's non-Christian fans, they are the opposite for me. I love my savior Jesus Christ, and what he has done for me, and I love how Flyleaf expresses that they feel the same way. Give this record a try. You won't be disappointed.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "There's some strength left in us yet" (3.5 stars) November 10, 2009
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Four years after the release of their highly successful self-titled album, the most prominent Christian rock band from Texas -- Flyleaf -- have reunited with producer Howard Benson to dish out their long-awaited sophomore effort, "Memento Mori." While the first album had more of a garage band edge to it, the follow-up finds the band shedding away some of their punkier second-rate Nirvana influences in favor for a much more polished and radio-ready sound. This should come as no surprise though, as Flyleaf are one of those rare rock bands nowadays who can sell a record and since their debut was a bit raw and immature.

Touring heavily with the likes of Korn and Disturbed has done little to soften the band's strong Christian themes. In fact, on "Memento Mori," such moments are much clearer than ever. For some this could be a turn-off, but for the (ahem) faithful followers, it may be a plus. Put plain and simple, Lacey loves Jesus and wants to make sure you know all about it. Putting that aside, though, the album is certainly a notch above the first as far as musicianship goes. While the band has yet to establish a distinctive style, they back up Lacey's broad themes and unique voice well, and Benson's improved production only serves to give the whole affair more bombast and sonic improvements. Put simply, this is the same Flyleaf you know already, just marginally improved and perfected.

If "Memento Mori" has one fatal flaw, though, it's that the songs tend to blend into one another without a single moment sticking out. While there isn't necessarily a bad song to be found, it can be an overall taxing album to listen to and certainly begs the question of whether or not it will continue Flyleaf's string of success.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to the world we all remember fighting for December 27, 2009
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I'll be the first to admit that I had all but written off Flyleaf by the time they announced the release date for their new CD, Memento Mori. However, I remember how much I liked them at one point so I gave it a chance and rushed out on the release date and picked it up.

It hasn't left my CD player since.

Now I know this is a different beast than their original was, but I think that's what makes it all the more sweeter, it isn't what I expected. There is still the moments of all out hard rock (Beautiful Bride, Again, The Kind) but now we see Flyleaf flirting more with melody and actual singing than before (In The Dark, Set Apart This Dream, Treasure) and it works in their favor for the most part. I'll be honest, the only song I skip over is Missing and I wouldn't necessarily call that a bad song even. I'm not oblivious to the fact that this CD isn't perfect though. I understand it's not, but it's as close as Flyleaf was gonna get after a four year absence.

There's been a lot of gripe about the lyrics this time around. I can't really understand why, Flyleaf is open in admitting they are a CHRISTIAN band (go to a concert of theirs, that'll prove it), hence the blatant religious lyrics in a lot of songs. As for the others, Lacey hasn't been shy about talking about how she got married during Flyleaf's abscence, hence the songs like Treasure and so on. I accepted those facts before hearing Memento Mori, maybe that's why I still enjoy this CD so much. What aids their case also is the liner notes in the booklet. I opened it anticipating reading the lyrics, but no. Instead you're greeted with a story of sorts about a girl leaving one (bad) 'army' to join the other (good) army.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good music
Published 3 days ago by Beth Huddleston
3.0 out of 5 stars Will miss classic Flyleaf and Lacey
Love flyleaf, and love a couple of songs from this album. Won't be the same without Lacey but this collection isn't like their first LP where you could put it in and listen to all... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Twiggy85
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Awesome music. This cd is everything I expected it to be and more!
Published 2 months ago by melissa thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin out in the morning
A great CD and definitely one to get it you're a fan of the band. I'm glad to finally add it to my collection.
Published 4 months ago by Chevy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great job!
I love Flyleaf. They rock! This cd is one of my favorites from them. In The Dark and Set This Dream Apart are my favorite on this cd.
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen Leatherbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Another great album from Flyleaf. The album is very emo, but it fits the mood at time. Can't wait to buy more of Flyleaf's albums.
Published 10 months ago by Sara Bunch
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
Pretty good album. Sounds like flyleaf I really like the song this close. Last album done by the original singer
Published 11 months ago by Natedogg
5.0 out of 5 stars An ecellent follow up 2nd album!
Memento Mori showed that Flyleaf wasn't a flash-in-the-pan! Great energetic songs and rockin' ballads. Lacey is quite a powerful voice in such a small package. Read more
Published 13 months ago by BTW
1.0 out of 5 stars More christian, less heavy, even more generic
Post-grunge, hard rock, christian rock

If more Christiany and less heavy is your thing, than you might love Momento Mori. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jonathan Cortez
5.0 out of 5 stars Flyleaf Great Band
I have all of their Cds!! I am an older Rocker Who love hard Rock music without the F bomb in every other word. They have made me a Old Fan!!!
Published 15 months ago by Bridgette Karra Clymer
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