I always admired artists who ignored music industry’s demands and followed their own path. It takes balls to be true to yourself in a scene that devours everyone who walks off the beaten path. And LIZZY BORDEN has always been him against the world. Since the early 80’s, Lizzy has proven to be an insightful and perceptive songwriter and lyricist, who reached the peak of creativity with the “Master of Disguise” album. Since then his albums have been more and more personal, like a musical diary.
Now, eleven years since his previous album, LIZZY BORDEN has decided to share his thoughts with us.
I’m pretty sure that you have already read the reviews or listened to the album. And I’m pretty sure that you were disappointed by the outcome. To be honest I think that the music is pretty weak: most of the songs are pretty much into the modern rock/metal spectrum, than U.S. power metal the used to be. Most of them have these almost lame “happy” choruses and an unfitting pop tempo. However, not all is lost. Though musically its a huge let down, it does have its moments. For example the title track is powerful enough to save the day or maybe “Perfect poison”, which is another great song.
And as for the vocals, well… things are tough here. LIZZY BORDEN has his own unique voice and his eerie tone is still here. If these songs were sung by someone else I wouldn’t bother listening to them, however Lizzy makes the difference. His voice is captivating, haunting full of sentiment and the lyrics are both personal and revealing.
It takes courage to make an album like this. I do believe that Lizzy could easily record another “Love You To Pieces” album and throw a “best off” show at Keep it True festival or the like. Yet Lizzy prefers to expose himself to the audience and invite people to join him and his “midnight things”. Listen to the album with an open mind. I know the music is mediocre, however it’s genuine, honest and has a lot of things to say to each and everyone of us…