Be­tween The Stars

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When vo­cal­ist Lacey Sturm left Fly­leaf in 2012 this ‘ra­dio friendly’ US rock band was in des­per­ate need of a new front­woman. About the same time a band called Ved­era called it a day leav­ing vo­cal­ist Kris­ten May in need of a new project. "We had a common hard­ship" says Kris­ten, "And once we be­gan mak­ing mu­sic it felt like home". And this al­bum is a tes­ta­ment to just how well this com­bi­na­tion has gelled. It’s packed with songs, with that hard rock el­e­ment ev­i­dent through­out, yet We Were An­i­mals which acts as a pre­lude to the more up­beat An­i­mals, the first sin­gle from the al­bum. The band ex­cels in repet­i­tive gui­tar phrases, stab­bing chords and light licks but what it lacks in sonic depth is com­pen­sated by good melodies and a fresh­ness of de­liv­ery that seems very up to date. Not a world stop­per per­haps but a very en­joy­able ex­cur­sion into a seem­ingly less de­mand­ing space. It’s a short al­bum by to­day’s stan­dards but in­ter­est­ing and en­joy­able through­out.

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