December 07, 2010 - A&M/Octone
Remember To Live begins and ends with reworkings of previously released songsâ€”â€œArise,â€ from Flyleafâ€™s 2009 album Memento Mori, and â€œJustice & Mercyâ€ from their Much Like Falling EP. The other five tracks are even older, some dating back to their days as Passerby. The EPâ€”which will have to tide fans over for a while, as frontwoman Lacey Sturm is pregnant and planning to take time off from music to be a momâ€”showcases Flyleafâ€™s softer side; the crunching guitars and heavy drums of songs like â€œAgain,â€ â€œSorrowâ€ and â€œBeautiful Brideâ€ are totally absent. Some of these songs are so mellow, they could be Coldplay coversâ€”and thatâ€™s not a bad thing. Only the â€œAriseâ€ remix, which features programmed rhythms, has much aggression to it. The other six tracks are all slow ballads, but Sturmâ€™s heartfelt croon is well suited to pretty much everything her bandmates throw at her. This may not be the anthemic rock Flyleaf fans have come to expect, but itâ€™s impressive nonetheless.