The self-titled debut by Flyleaf is short, but not exactly sweet. When Lacey Mosley screams "I'm so sick," she's not attempting to convey sugar and spice, but the gritty realities of life. Unlike the many hard-rocking bands that are solely negative, Flyleaf knows the answers are found in Christ:
You are the truth (you are the truth) / Outscreaming these lies / You are the truth (you are the truth) / Saving my life
Noted producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, POD) captured the band's intensity on 11 tracks, and even included a guest appearance by guitarist Dave Navarro. The song that originally caught my attention was Cassie, written about Columbine shooting victim Cassie Bernall. She purportedly answered "Yes" when asked if she believed in God. While the story's veracity has been questioned, there's no doubt that she was a troubled teenager who turned to God and was boldly living for Him when she was murdered. Flyleaf puts a lyrical twist on the account:
Do you believe in God / Written on the bullet / Say yes to pull the trigger / Do you believe in God / Written on the bullet / And Cassie pulled the trigger // All heads are bowed in silence / To remember her last sentence / She answered him knowing what would happen / Her last words still hanging in the air / In the air
The lyrics on Flyleaf tend to be more creative than with many bands in this genre. Sorrow is a good example:
We kiss each other one more time / And sing this lie that's half way mine / The sword is slicing through the questions so I won't be fooled / By his angel light
Flyleaf will be enjoyed by anyone who likes hard-hitting music with female vocals.