Writing music reviews are my favorites.
Heart on my Sleeve by Mary Lambert is a treat.
Not that her music is by any means light hearted, it’s quite the opposite, but her hauntingly beautiful voice is wine and chocolate to my ears.
The title of her album is no joke. The lyrics are emotional and sensitive.
Mary Lambert achieved “quasi-stardom” (as she puts it in her typical self-deprecating way) for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem “Same Love,” After years of struggling both financially and personally, nominated for two Grammy Awards (for “Song of the Year” and “Album of The Year”), and making history performing on the Grammy telecast with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna, while Queen Latifah memorably married 33 same-sex couples.
She says in her bio, “Having an actual platform made me think about my motivations and what I want to put out into the world,” Lambert says about creating the songs that appear on her debut full-length album, Heart On My Sleeve. “So I made a list of goals.” They were to: 1. Have fun. 2. Create something catchy. 3. Create something that positively impacts the world. 4. Stay true to yourself. 5. Make money. “Is that okay to say?” she asks.
If I am forced to compare this music to any other I would have to say that her sound reminds me of a combination of Jenny Lewis, Ingrid Michelson and a touch of Lourdes thrown in. I know she has been compared to Adele, whom I adore but this young artist has a more bell like sound to Adele’s deeper, more mellow sound.
When I played the album for one of the girls here rather than saying if she liked it or not she said “That sounds like the music you usually listen to.” She’s a diplomat that one. And she’s right. Heart on my Sleeve sounds very much like the type of music I like to listen to.
I will admit to being taken aback slightly by her cover of Jessie’s Girl. Having grown up listening to that song with a strictly biased heterosexual ear, listening to it from the gay woman’s point of view made it even more poignant. Plus, Mary Lambert’s voice has a way of tearing right into your heart.
When I’m in the car, the song that I am most inclined to click over to is RibCage. Click the link and you can hear it on iTunes radio.
Her mission can be heard on the album’s first single, “Secrets,” which is to encourage vulnerability. Lambert sings: “They tell us from the time we’re young / To hide the things we don’t like about ourselves / Inside ourselves / I’m not the only one / Who spent so long attempting to be someone else / Well I’m over it / I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are.” Are any of us that brave?
Mary Lambert has been through some horrific life experiences at a young age and I give her a ton of credit for being able to share everything through her music. If you want to learn more, here is the Official Mary Lambert Website – www.marylambertsings.com.
This new album is available today. Give it a listen. I think you will like it.
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.