Label: FOLLOWSPOT Records
After leaving Flyleaf in 2012, Lacey Sturm set aside her music career for nearly four years to focus on raising her two sons. But as the long overdue Life Screams proves, the proud mother hasn't missed a beat. The singer's debut is a lean yet tough mix of hard-hitting rock 'n' roll, massive hooks and lyrics informed by her Christianity. The album opens with "Impossible," a Nirvana-style rager that shows off Sturm's impressive range as she boldly leaps from throat-shedding howl to rousing cry and back again. Grungy blues with a walloping backbeat, "I'm Not Laughing" is even more fierce. Sturm might as well be referring to her own troubled childhood when she shrieks, "She doesn't know she's beautiful, 'cause all she ever hears is your insecure loud mouth, feeding off her fears." But not every cut on Life Screams is angsty hard rock. Trading roaring riffs for shimmering keys, the title cut is a passionately swelling ballad that finds Sturm ruminating on her core values: faith, love and family.