Even in the Tremor
[Ba Da Bing]
Lady Lamb, aka Aly Spaltro, has come a long way since her days of selling home recordings from the video rental store (remember those?) where she worked in New England. She was still a teenager when she wrote the material for her debut album Ripley Pine, released in 2013. followed by the album After in 2015 and the EP Tender Warrior’s Club in 2016.
Even in the Tremor, Lady Lamb’s first full-length album in four years, is a personal, soulbaring effort for Spaltro who certainly hasn't held back in the past. Even so, according to the artist formerly known as the Beekeeper, this in an introspective album where the material is based entirely on her own life. Over the album’s 11 tracks, Aly reaches deep into the corners of her mind and brings forth those memories into finely crafted songs of the folk, indie rock, and pop.
The album’s lead off track “Little Flaws” brings the strings and with those strings coming stiring emotion. “Deep Love” is one of the more powerful tracks on the album, in which Aly professes her deep love for her girlfriend which was triggered by a small domestic act. “Strange Maneuvers” is an up-tempo tune that has Spaltro declaring “I don’t want to be afraid of myself anymore.”
The most interesting song to me, lyrically anyway, is the track “Young Disciple” which recounts Spaltro’s experiences with her born again parents when she was just five years old. It was then that her mother explained to her that everyone was going to die one day. Pretty heavy. “Emily” has a radio friendly feel like something you might catch on the FM dial in the late 80s. It's another triump for the lady and I hope we don't have to wait for years for the follow up. If we do, however, it will likely be worth it.
READ: Review of Lady Lamb's Ripley Pine album
Even in the Tremor
Photo by Shervin Lainez