Review: Flyleaf “New Horizons”

by Daniella Cantu

Flyleaf was founded in 1999 under the name Passerby. They wanted to make it clear to future fans that they were regular people, and that their story isn’t more important than anybody else’s.

Their name was later changed to Flyleaf to represent purity. A flyleaf is the blank page before and after a book’s text. They are a Christian band, but not in the traditional sense. Their second album, Memento Mori – which means remember your mortality – reflects this.

New Horizons is very different from Flyleaf’s previous work. It has a mixture of calm serenading sounds and heartfelt, even heartbreaking lyrics that all people can love and resonate with.

Other than those common elements, their sound is unpredictable, in the best of ways. If you are against diversity, this album may not be for you. Their songs range from loud and busy, to soaring ballads.

The vocals are provided by Lacey Nicole Sturm, a small woman standing at 4’9” with a voluminous voice. This is the final album Lacey will be featured on. Guitar tracks and lyrics are provided by Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartman. James Culpepper serves the band as its drummer. The album contains eleven songs and one bonus track. The album art was provided by Pat Seals.

5 out of 5 stars.
-Heartfelt lyrics and clear, full vocals
-Amazing final performance by Lacey
-Clear, clean instruments

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