I first heard of Halestorm when I was lucky enough to receive the EP Hello It’s Mz Hyde to review. I was absolutely blown away by the sheer power of Lzzy Hale’s voice, and the quality of the music on that EP, so when this album came up for review I jumped on it, much like a big cat pounces on it’s chosen prey. There was no way I was going to miss out on this….
I’m glad I did volunteer as this is is a seriously good album. The rock tracks are injected with so much power and venom you feel you’re in danger of being killed. There’s some vehemence, animosity and attitude in this album and some great lyrics. It’s music that will grind you into a pulp, and then spit in what’s left of your face.
Then on the other side of the coin there are some genuinely emotional moments where the power and animosity are peeled away and some of the most beautiful ballads you’re ever likely to hear just pour out of your speakers. It’s a stark contrast to the ‘in your face’ rock from the rest of the album, and it’s just so sweet to sink into oblivion and just get carried away on the music.
This album is absolutely stunning. Yes I love it, and Lzzy Hale is one of the best female voices I have EVER heard. The voice is not the only thing on display though, as the music backs up the vocals perfectly. This album is a masterpiece. It’s got everything you could ever ask for and everything you could ever need from a great rock album. Bags of attitude, some great “fuck you” songs, and some beautiful ballads.
I will go out on a limb and say, if ever there was a contender for ‘The Perfect Album’ then The Strange Case Of is up there with the best of them.
I have been blown away by just how good this album is, almost to the point that I’ve struggled to put it into words. Halestorm are my new favourite band… now go and see what all the fuss is about and, if you don’t agree with me, I would think about going to your nearest mental health institution and getting yourself checked out……