Mary Lambert: The Voice of a Generation

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Mary Lambert is quite possibly the most down-to-earth musician you’ll ever encounter. If you’re not familiar with the Seattle-native (which you should be), the Grammy-nominated artist is featured on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis track “Same Love,” to which she serenades with the familiar lyrics, “She keeps me warm.” Lambert is sensational, and to our luck, this star’s first solo-album, Heart on My Sleeve, was released on October 14, by famed Capital Records. To say the least, the album is nothing short of phenomenal. Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the review.

Heart on My Sleeve features eleven heart-felt tracks – many being power anthems in all shapes and sizes. In addition, Lambert also dedicates a track (number four, to be exact) on the album to her love of poetry. The track is titled, “Dear One,” which seems like ode to her current girlfriend, stating, “I was found whole the moment you spoke…” Amongst the deep stanza, let’s not forget how the album starts off, with current chart topper, “Secrets.”

If you’re familiar with the clean sounds of the background music in an Apple commercial, then say hello to its sister anthem. All jokes aside, the song opens up the album as a “Hi, My Name Is:” tag for Lambert. The quirky tune describes Lambert, her traits, and what makes her, her. The song is truly a power anthem in the means of being proud of who you are – something we ALL need to be reminded of from time to time. Instantly, this song will put a smile on your face, despite starting lyrics of, “I’ve got bi-polar disorder…” don’t let the shock fool you, you’ll love this tune.

Once you’ve reached the next track, “So Far Away,” the album begins to unravel the life that is of Mary Lambert. The songstress’ tales of heartbreak, step courageously into the spotlight, giving the audience an inside look of the ups and downs of her life. The chorus is haunting, repeating the lyrics, “Right now you’re so far away, so far way…” as if they were echoes in an empty corridor, which is Mary’s heart. Deep, dark and enchanting, describes the song.

As the album continues on, you’ve guessed it, the songs get deeper into Lambert’s life, describing her wins and losses with love and overall, the strength to be herself amongst it all. Now, the ultimate surprise? Lambert covers the 1981 Rick Springfield hit “Jessie’s Girl” as a haunting, but gorgeous piano-based ballad. Listening to the cover will make you a firm believer that this woman’s talent is pure gold and nothing less. Lambert breathes new life into the classic party-hit, giving the song a brand new meaning. It’s sensational and there’s no other way to put it.

Heart on My Sleeve is truly an album like no other. Not only do Lambert’s songs transport you to another place in time (not physically, sadly), her lyrics make you take a second look at your own life. The album teaches the audience to love themselves and to not be afraid of heartbreak – accept it and move on. Although a majority of this album wouldn’t start a dance party, it sure would start a sing-along. Mary Lambert is a power anthem sensation.

Now, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of, Heart on My Sleeve today!

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