New Horizons - Flyleaf
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  • Summary: The final release with lead singer Lacey Sturm is the third full-length album from Texas-based rock band and was produced by Howard Benson.
  • Record Label: A&M
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 30, 2013
    80
    With singer Lacey Sturm plastering every word in M-E-L-O-D-Y, she ensures that the choruses of Fire Fire, Cage On The Ground and the title track all pirouette around you brain for days. [13 Apr 2013, p.60]
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    70
    While the record packs the occasional wallop, it loses steam in quieter moments ("Saving Grace") that sacrifice depth and density for pop hooks, due in part to predictable song structures.
  3. Dec 7, 2012
    60
    An occasionally thrilling, yet ultimately uneven set from a talented band in the midst of a huge transition.
  4. 60
    There's nothing that leaps out as brilliant, just like there's not a single example of the band trying something genuinely risky and new, and falling on their collective face.
  5. Dec 7, 2012
    50
    Musically speaking, Flyleaf's latest effort fails to live up to its title and does not reach new horizons.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Jan 22, 2013
    9
    New Horizons is definitely Flyleaf's most mature album to date. While reviews have pegged the album as one that loses it's momentum around the softer moment, I have felt is that where it has gained most of it's strength. While, "Fire Fire" and "New Horizons" are very strong songs on their own, you can hear the energy and the amount of heart put into songs like "Cage on the Ground", "Great Love", and "Saving Grace". If you're looking for an album full of fire and anger, you'll only get so far within the album. This is definitely an album with a cast of lyrical characters and emotional energy that a true rock fan can really appreciate. Collapse
  2. Mar 6, 2013
    9
    I believe this album if Flyleaf's best so far, boasting a wide variety of songs, ranging from the more metal oriented tracks like Call You Out and Green Heart, to the slower-paced anthem-ic tracks such as Great Love and the Cage On The Ground. Lacey's vocals are once again used in perfect harmony with the band, and the familiar Flyleaf rhythms are present. As Lacey's last album with the band, it certainly feels like a departure, ending on the fitting re-released version of Broken Wings. It has been a pleasure listening to the vocal sensation of Sturm, and I will be intrigued to see where the future of Flyleaf lies. Expand