- Band/Artist: Mary Lambert
- Title: Heart on My Sleeve
- Date: October 14, 2014
- Label: Capital Records, LLC
I was thrilled when I was given the chance to do a review for Mary Lambert’s debut cd called Heart On My Sleeve because I first discovered her when she did the song Same Love with Ryan Lewis and Macklemore. She has a beautiful voice.
I wanted to write a pop album that had profound emotional depth and interesting language, while being accessible and catchy,” she explains. “I wanted the songs to be poignant and raw, but I want to hear them on the radio. I like to describe Heart On My Sleeve as a pop album with a conscience.”
I absolutely love this cd. I love each and every song. During my trial period I played it constantly in the house and I have it listed on my Birthday/Christmas wish list.
Mary’s voice is just breath taking. The only word I can think of its powerful.
“I felt like there were a lot of songs coming out about self-empowerment and challenging beauty standards, and I wanted to write a song along those same lines, but in my voice,” she explains. “It’s easy to paint a pretty picture and tell everyone to love themselves, but it’s way more complicated than that. There is so much shame and guilt in our society, and I think it has deprived a lot of people from living fully. We’re all facing battles. We’ve all had someone who has hurt us, so let’s talk about it. I believe vulnerability is what will save the world. I wanted to point the lens at myself in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. This song is my dirty laundry, and that’s actually really freeing. Now I can walk around with accidental pieces of bagel in my bra and eat it anyway.”
There is no way I can pick a favorite out of her songs because each and everyone is fantastic. I do have to say that next to Rick Springfield her version of Jessie’s Girl is amazing. Its a totally different spin on it and in Lambert’s hands, becomes a dark piano ballad with the twist of being sung by a woman about a woman.
I think this would be a fantastic addition to someone’s music collection.
Tracklisting for Heart On My Sleeve:
- So Far Away
- Ribcage (feat. K.Flay)
- Dear One
- When You Sleep
- Chasing the moon
- Jessie’s Girl
- Heart On My Sleeve
- Wounded Animal
- Sum of Our Parts
- Sing to Me
- Assembly Line
- Sum of Out Parts (alternative version)
For more information on Mary, please visit her official site at www.marylambertsings.com
I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.