For most bands, losing your lead vocalist often means losing your unique sound – losing the distinct character that makes your band what it is. After the departure of lead singer, Lacey Sturm, all eyes (and ears) were on her replacement, Kristen May. Her debut album with the band, Between the Stars, was met with much anticipation. Could May carry on the soaring vocals that characterised Flyleaf under Sturm?
The answer is a resounding YES!
Right from the start May, accompanied by a heavy guitar riff, captures you – there is a rawness to her voice that just hooks you. Many fans of the band have dismissed the album as being too “poppy” and criticize them for leaving their heavier roots. I, personally, do not dislike their new direction. I see it as a direct response to the fundamental changes that have occurred within the band and I believe that May is extremely talented and has done a superb job filling the massive shoes left behind.
For me, “Traitor” is the best track on the album and gestures towards the Flyleaf of old. Despite the change in sound, I commend the band for sticking to their “new” identity. Between the Stars is a consistent pop/rock album that flows well. Each track keeps with the upbeat, foot-stomping instrumentals and powerful vocals, except “Marionette” which acts as an emotional rest from the loud and fast-paced nature of the rest of the album.
If you’re looking for an energetic album that is easy to sing along to, I definitely recommend Between the Stars! If you’re new to Flyleaf be sure to check out there old stuff. Truly an awesome band!!
Peace and Love