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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
And this is the edited version
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on April 17, 2012
I enjoyed Halestorm's debut album, but The Strange Case Of... blows it away. There isn't one song I hate enough to skip and there is about a 70% hard rock to 30% ballad ratio here. The first four songs alone should rock your world.

Lzzy Hale is a mix of Joan Jett and Lita Ford. She's by far the superior singer of the three, though Lita has her beat on lead guitar of course. Just check out the video for "Love Bites (So Do I)" on that "video sharing" site and see what I mean. A hot chick with attitude. The rest of the band holds their own as well, especially Lzzy's brother on the drums.

The song lyrics range from fun to sexy. Nothing too deep, but they are a whole lotta fun to sing along to.


If you like rock with heavy riffs, a few ballads thrown in the middle for balance, melodic song structures and a female singer who is in my mind one of the best rock vocalists working today, buy this album now. I bought the deluxe version because it includes three bonus tracks.
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on April 12, 2012
Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm continue to impress with their second album filled with good old fashioned, head banging Rock 'N' Roll played the way it should be. Lead by singer and guitarist Lzzy Hale along with guitarist Joe Hottinger, bass player Josh Smith and drummer Arejay Hale, Halestorm delivers 12 strong songs varying from fist pumping anthems like the first track, "Love Bites(So Do I)" or "Daughters Of Darkness" to heartfelt ballads like "Beautiful With You". Lzzy Hale's vocals are powerful and versitile as she can go from sweet and melodic to growling with the best of them and the band is tight with all 12 tracks mixed to emphasize that each musician knows how to play their weapon of choice. The songs are all effectively structured and the lyrics are well written rock tunes that deliver what we expect from this type of music without trying too hard or overdoing it. The band's writing comes across as a genuine. They present the familiar themes of sex, love, rocking out and rebellion in their own style without making them sound cliche'. The band's passion for the music comes across in all 12 tracks and the album is stronger for it. All in all a very solid and well produced album of hard rock, plain and simple, the way it was meant to be. In an age of over-produced, synthetic junk, "The Strange Case Of..." is back to basics, down and dirty Rock 'N' Roll by a band that knows the meaning of the words and can back it up with their instruments and vocals!
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on October 16, 2012
Halestorm kick's ass again!Halestorm continues the greatness of rock with The Strange Case Of...Halestorm.I love the debut effort,but I will say this second Cd I love even more.The band continues with excellent musicianship all around.Lizzy Hale sounds better than ever with a voice of a sweet and alluring Rock N' Roll vixen that will send your music senses on the ride of your life.Some of the things that I love about Lizzy is the attitude of being yourself and not taking sh** from anyone which she shows in the punch ya in the face songs like Love Bites{So Do I},Freak Like Me,and You Call Me A Bitch Like Its A Bad Thing.Then you also get the straight up rockin songs like I Miss The Misery,Rockshow,American Boys,and Daughter Of Darkness that are just pure enjoyment and will make your rock senses more pleased than ever.The three ballad songs are Beautiful With You,In Your Room,and Break In which are three of the best slower songs I've heard in a while.Lizzy again shows her range with heartfelt passion and soulful vocals that are very real to where they touch your heart.Here's To Us is a favorite where Lizzy identifies with all the people that bust their ass day in and day out and just need a drink or two to relax while spending time with friends.This is a 10 out of 10 sophmore effort from Halestorm that is one of the best rock/metal cd's of the year.If you liked the first Halestorm cd ,you will love this effort.Bottom line if you want some excellent rock/metal music to please the sense of sound,pick up The Strange Case Of...Halestorm.Halestorm Rocks!!!
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on July 19, 2014
I bought this album the day it came out, and I must say that I have no regrets at all. After already owning their self-titled debut album, I honestly expected nothing less from Halestorm than this well-crafted, straight-out hard rock album.

Noteworthy is the fact that this album definitely has considerably more edge and angst in it than their previous release. Such is especially evident in the songs "Love Bites (So Do I)," "Mz. Hyde" and "You Call Me A Bitch Like It's A Bad Thing." Despite this obvious ability to convey sheer angst, other songs like "Beautiful With You" and "Break In" reflect a more calm and heartfelt side to their music. All in all, this album is a great blend of both angst and sentimentality, which is a key component for any classic rock-inspired album such as this.

I really have to say that Halestorm really do live up to the standards of the classic female fronted acts such as The Pretenders, Heart, Pat Benatar and Joan Jett. Lizzy Hale is awesome! If you like quality traditional hard rock music, then I strongly encourage you to check this album out.

Rock on, Halestorm!
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on July 9, 2014
This is the first I have ever bought from them. The album could have been mixed better. The lyrics tended to be droll at times resounding the same tune. Ironically, this isn't so with the ballads. I could seriously do without all the language. A true lyricist has great command on language and doesn't need to lower themselves to poor vocabulary to get their point across. Musically, I think that they need to improve as well. I am not sure how long they have been around but I know they have it in them to be far greater than what this album shows. When an artist takes classical training and harmonies and brings it into the world of rock it truly transcends the music. The lead singer has an outstanding voice and needs to showcase it more.
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on June 21, 2015
This one is in my car CD player and will likely stay there forever. There is a great range of intensities on this CD. Shocked how much I like Beautiful With You - more of a ballad, but an excellent platform for Lzzy's exceptional voice and beautifully captures that once-in-a-lifetime experience. BUY IT.
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on July 4, 2016
Great follow-up to the 1st Halestorm CD! This one begins where the last one left off,kicking you in the face,with their brand of Rock-n-roll intensity! The strange case of....however just doesn't seem to leave me wanting more like the 1st CD did.Dont get me wrong,its still a good CD,but it just isn't as good from start to finish.Highlights include Lzzy's Great vocal ability,and Great songs like Love Bites(so do I),Mz. Hyde,and I miss the Misery,and on the Deluxe version,some pretty good bonus tracks including a Great rendition of Here's to us feat. Slash and Myles Kennedy. If your a fan of Halestorm,pick this one up-Its a good CD!!!
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on October 29, 2012
I've been enjoying this recording so much, I feel obligated to add my 2 cents to these reviews. Forget for a moment, their Grammy Award winning track "Love Bites" (consider it a freebie); the song "Mz Hyde" is worth the price of admission alone! If their first self-titled recording wasn't enough, The Strange Case Of ... once again proves Halestorm has all the necessary ingredients to be at the top (or certainly near the top) of the rock heap. They have the vocal prowless, the instrumental intuition and skills and their song writing ain't bad either. In fact, most of the songs are quite clever lyrically. No arguing that lead singer Lzzy Hale has the vocal power to carry off the hard rocking numbers (and even I whose ears have been subjected to decibel abuse over the years understand every line she sings in them) but listen to the ballads found here; they really showcase her voice and prove what great singer she really is. Of course her phrasing is great and she can capture every nuance with perfection. Quite frankly, she compares favorably to any of the rock's greats past or present and many other artists in the rock world are beginning to take notice. In the coming years, we will more than likely find all sorts of collaborations with other artists; she's that good! The backing instrumentation is equally professional. The drumming by Arejay Hale (Lzzy's brother) is ridiculous. Talk about a talented family! Not more could be asked of guitarist Joe Hottinger or bassist Josh Smith. They, along with Lizzy on guitar herself all meld together to form quite a formidable sonic assault. Like all great rock it sounds immediate but of course a great deal of thought and craftsmanship has gone in to each and every song, which makes me wonder how great they would sound if they extended some of these numbers in concert jam band style (`course that goes to my old school background). I'd also like to mention that the deluxe edition of this title contains 3 extra songs whose titles are "Don't Know How To Stop", "Private Parts" and "Hate It When You See Me Cry". This is the edition you will want to purchase. "Private Parts" features a duet with James Michael of Sixx:A.M. This track alone is worth any extra you pay for the deluxe edition. A couple reviewers have said they didn't like the song "In Your Room". Well I do. It is sort of an update/answer to Brian Wilson's classic "In My Room". It is a heart-felt melodic ballad which shows the softer side of Lzzy Hale (in stark contrast to "Mz Hyde"). Do yourself a favor, buy this CD immediately. If you don't have their first self-titled release, download the Expanded version available here on Amazon of that title. It too contains 3 extra tracks and "Tell Me Where It Hurts" alone is worth any extra you will pay for the Expanded version. While you're at it also buy the ReAniMate: The CoVeRs EP. You'll love their take on Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", thrilled with the homage to Heart on "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You" and impressed by their Beatles vision on "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" among others. If you are like me, you will find yourself playing these titles again and again. Money well spent! Keep it up Halestorm! Keep 'em coming! You've got what it takes and as evidenced by your latest release; you know how to use it!
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on April 10, 2012
I want to preface this review to warn you this is the EDITED version of this album.

I have listened to this album a couple times now, this is awesome. Lzzy is an amazing singer and her voice definitely shines through like every other album they have out, live or studio. I highly recommend this album, but if you want the full album, Amazon currently only has this EDITED version for the MP3 version of this album. I am pretty disappointed with that. The album is worth five stars, 1 star for AMAZON and only having this version.
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