Written by: Devin O'Gorman
I’ll admit, before being asked to write a review for the album, Fault Lines, I never heard of the band, Lady Brett Ashley. But I’m sure as hell glad that I took some time away from Kanye and Kendrick’s new albums to check them out. From my minimal research on their earlier work, they have a few EP’s under their belt but this is their first full-length album. And goddamn did this album make a great first impression on me. And, I’m confident they’re gonna make a great impression on you too. To paraphrase Kanye himself; God Dammit they’re killin’ this shit!
What a beast of a first song on this album. For me, an album is all about that first song. It’s the mission statement of the entire album and is supposed to guide the listener into what they should expect to hear for the next 40 minutes of their life. And with ‘Belly of a Wolf’, their statement couldn’t be clearer: a unique indie sound from a band driven to stand equally amongst the elite in the Canadian music scene.
There’s no denying the similarities: Heather Nolan’s vocals are going to get comparisons to Florence Welch. But listen closer and you’ll see that there’s more to her (and the entire band) than a Florence and the Machine substitute. They stand out as an original band able to craft dark themes with beautiful melodies.
The ready-for-radio track ‘Animals’ throws off the mood just a bit and feels like it should have been kept for a future album. But regardless, this is an outstanding effort from a band I look forward to hearing more of in the future.
Fault Lines shows the early signs of talented musicians improving on their craft and solidifying their sound. Lady Brett Ashley has created a sound that has piqued my interest and has made me look forward to what they’ll make next.
Now… back to Kanye…
‘Belly of a Wolf’, ‘To the Trees’, ‘Brad’s Waltz’