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Halestorm's 'The Strange Case Of...' album review

By Marissa Pessolano,
American rock band releases a powerful sophomore album
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Earlier this year, Pennsylvania American rock band Halestorm released an EP called Hello It’s Mz Hyde, which contained four songs from their anticipated album, The Strange Case of…. On April 10, the complete album hit stores with 12 tracks (15 on the deluxe edition).

This album is the band's sophomore release. Their first studio album, which was self titled, was released in 2009.

Halestorm is made up of siblings Arejay and Elizabeth “Lzzy” Hale, along with Joe Hottinger and Josh Smith.

The album follows lead singer Lzzy Hale’s split persona, a rocker with a powerhouse voice who also has a softer, vulnerable side.

The album opens with the track, “Love Bites (So Do I)," which is their first single. This song highlights Lzzy’s voice as she belts out punchy and aggressive lyrics.

The track “Mz. Hyde” is about Lzzy’s transformation from a good girl to one that can be more wicked. This song, as well as the album title, is a reference to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It has melodic verses followed by a heavier chorus. The next track, “I Miss the Misery,” starts off slow and then kicks things up a notch with the chorus.

“Freak Like Me” is a rock arena anthem song, much like “Daughters of Darkness,” which has the same feel.

Lzzy shows her softer, more vulnerable side on ballad “Beautiful With You.” This song is very relatable lyrically, as it expresses the feeling when we have an impaired vision of ourselves, but with the help from someone else’s perception, we find a new strength to grow and gain self-awareness.

Another softer song about acceptance is “In Your Room,” which is between a rock song and a ballad, while “Break In” is a ballad that heavily uses piano. This is different from previous material from the band, but the lyrics and Lzzy’s dynamic vocals succeed in making these softer, yet emotion-heavy tracks, amazing.

“American Boys” takes a more country rock tone, and is probably the weakest track on the album. It however, is not a bad song, and the catchiness of it grows on you.

The closing track, “Here’s to Us,” was recently featured on Glee, but the song was heavily edited. This lighter track is very sentimental, and has some explicit words that really hit the point and give the song its power.

Halestorm plays around with their musical style on this album, but they keep their rocker roots. The vocals and instrumentals are extremely strong, and are complemented by powerful lyrics that avoid being cliché. This album meets expectations and does not disappoint.

In addition to their self titled release, the band also released a CD/DVD, Live in Philly, and an EP in 2011 called ReAnimate, where they covered popular songs such as Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” and “Slave to the Grind” by Skid Row.

Halestorm is currently touring with Godsmack and Staind.

Halestorm's "Love Bites (So Do I)"

 
 

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