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Album: Shatter Me
Artist: Lindsey Stirling
Release Date: 29th April 2014
Official Website: LindseyStirling.com
Diagnosis: Lindsey Stirling’s first album demonstrated her talent and her ability to write memorable and original songs. Shatter Me far exceeds her first album, with much more memorable tracks and demonstrating that she isn’t afraid to try new things. Both “Shatter Me” and “We Are Giants” feature vocalists (Lzzy Hale and Dia Frampton) and lyrics, diverging from her usual instrumental approach. “Swag” and “Roundtable Rival” also standout stylistically. If you’re a fan of her first album, I see no reason not to pick this one up. The tracks overall have much more energy and Stirling is clearly much more confident in her own ability. Hopefully she’ll continue to set the bar higher.
The Highlights: There are a lot. “Beyond the Veil” is a great first track and is my favorite so far. It reminds me a lot of “Elements” on her first album. “Mirror Haus” is an energetic track that builds up to a very satisfying moment at the 3 minute mark, which is the most memorable moment on the entire album. “Shatter Me” features Lzzy Hale on vocals and is easily the catchiest track on the album. “Roundtable Rival” is another high-energy track with a catchy riff. This one has me picturing a poker game at a bar in the wild west and a fight breaks out when somebody loses. I hope I’m not alone in picturing that! “We Are Giants” features Dia Frampton on vocals and, while isn’t nearly as catchy as “Shatter Me”, is still a memorable track. “Swag” has a lot of electronic sounds appearing at the forefront, which is unusual, but is done well and is memorable for that reason. “Master of Tides” is really catchy and one of the best songs on the album.
Final Thoughts: There are 3 bonus tracks available in an edition of the album exclusively sold by Target. To those wondering if they’re worth listening to, I would say yes. One of the them is the orchestral version of “Take Flight” which I actually like more than the original. While the vocal tracks were a nice change, I’m glad that there weren’t too many. Her focus on instrumentals makes her standout and she does them well, so I wouldn’t want to see her lose that aspect of her music anytime soon.
Score: 9 out of 10