You probably already know my formula for determining good bands:
1.) Does the band use keyboards?
2.) If not, does the singer (preferrably female and not screaming) use a lot of harmonies?
3.) And if the band does use keyboards and/or harmonies, is the songwriting strong?
Flyleaf "Memento Mori"
Based on that formula, I hated Flyleaf's debut album. A keyboardless band completely devoid of memorable hooks and harmonies...and the singer used too many annoying screams.
Album #2 sees a little improvement, but not much. Songwriting has its moments, but loses its flare and becomes too 'modern' for my liking after the 3rd track. And without keyboards, the fillers are no better than the typical cookie-cutter indie artist. There's only one solid track in 'Alone.' (In fact, I rank that song as high a quality as a Halestorm track.) A couple terrible tracks were saved by good choruses ('In the Dark,' 'Swept Away,' 'Treasure,') But after that, there's nothing else on this album that wowed me. I will give the singer credit though, for she stopped screaming, only revealing that her vocals border on power-pop...another no-no in my book.
Review Score: 34 / 100
Best Track: 'Alone'
'All these years you spoke me, to my heart, to my sanity. Revealed to me all my deepest fears, and brought me down, soaked in tears.' -- Sirenia