Memento Mori [Expanded Edition]
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Deluxe two CD edtion includes a bonus disc containing four bonus tracks. 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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After reading that one reviewer found the lyrics in Memento Mori meaningless, well...I have found a lot of the lyrics very inspiring, with all of the harsh truthfulness that Christian rock bands usually have, and minus the hopeless despair that secular heavy metal usually has. A person who finds "Beautiful Bride" meaningless is someone who doesn't personally understand the Christian life. The body of Christ which is represented in the church, and the unity it should have, etc.
Also, songs like "This Close," which is coming from the perspective of someone who doesn't know Christ, with lyrics that tell about a person's spiritual deadness, and what will eventually happen to them unless they come to Christ carry deep meaning. Flyleaf's prerogative IS NOT for a person from a religion apart from Christianity to find meaning in the lyrics as far as their own personal religious experience goes. Christianity's experience is different from any other religion, and I imagine it would be going against everything Flyleaf stands for to have a Buddhist find the same meaning in their lyrics as a Christian would.
"Had a dream that we were dead, but we pretended that we still lived.
With no regrets we never bled and we took everything life could give
And came up broken empty handed in the end
In the hearts of the blind, something you'll never find is a vision of light
With the voice of the dead, I'm screaming"
So, basically my entire point for this review is that the beauty in Memento Mori is largely in the lyrics, and if you can't relate to those, this Cd won't speak to you nearly as much as it does to me. I was not disappointed with this CD, and it is definitely better in every way than their previous CD. The only real downside is that the style of most of the songs are the same and sound kind of the same. I would like to see them expand in the diversity of sound in their next album, but overall, high praise.
"Missing", Again", "Beautiful Bride", "The Kind", "Set Apart This Dream", etc, etc are such great songs. They all are! For those that don't get this CD for whatever reason, I don't get it! The music is exciting, passionate and full of life. You don't have to be a follower of Christianity to enjoy this CD. If you appreciate a CD that takes you on numerous journeys, give this disc a chance. Lacy Mosley's voice is sweet, powerful and will knock you over the head when you least expect it. The band is tight and you can hear that they enjoy playing together because they sound like a band that has been around for 20 years.
"Memento Mori" was released little less than a year now and I'm seriously anticipating their follow-up. I don't know how they could possibly top this one, but certainly am eager to hear their effort.
Thank you Flyleaf! Rock is not dead!