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Strong, Personal & Pure Rock 'n' Roll (Explicit & Censored Versions Beware)
on April 10, 2012
There is a massive shortage of quality female fronted hard rock. While operatic metal groups like Nightwish are abundant--true hard hitting rock is much harder to find. Which makes Halestorm so freakin awesome. Groundbreaking-no. Quality music-yes.
Lzzy Hale and her boys have put out a sophomore album that is much more varied than their previous efforts with tinges of southern rock, arena rock and even some pop overtones overlaid into their bread and butter hard rock. I think their branching out into different sounds really adds a level of complexity to their work. While they didn't get the mixture perfect on every song, the songs don't all sound the same and have much more personality. You won't find yourself thinking you accidentally hit the repeat button as each song is distinctly different which I really appreciate as that's a common problem within this genre. The inclusion of beautiful ballads like "Beautiful With You" or "Break In" make you appreciate that much more the hardness of other songs like "Love Bites."
The outstanding musicianship of the band is especially evident in the crafting of these songs. You'll find yourself waiting for a guitar breakdown or a quiet moment that helps convey emotion. Lzzy is simply an exceptional vocalist who can carry technical riffs, high notes and still convey heartbreaking vulnerability. This album also seems more personal than their last which showcases Lzzy's talent even more.
This album is empowering, strong, soft, sexy and an insane amount of fun. It's system blaring, top down on a warm night kind of music. Highly recommend.
**Like the others I also recommend getting the deluxe version. I personally wish the extra tracks had just been put on the album.
Also, beware--if the copy you are buying doesn't say "explicit" after it, then it's the edited version.
The explicit version can be found here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ONSLLQ/ref=cm_cd_asin_lnk
And this is the edited version http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ONQ42O/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_img