‘The Earth- Thank you for providing the resources to make these tangible relics. I hope people start treating you better. You are the best earth that ever was. Thank you for making so many things, but especially: cats, hummus, margaritas, soft blankets and the ocean.’
That is the way that Mary Lambert ends her thank you credits on her first studio album, My Heart On My Sleeve. This follows Capitol Records’ EP release Welcome To The Age of My Body.
The set includes the newest single “Secrets”. The single has reached #66, which is her second Hot 100 entry after “Same Love”, the Grammy Award nominated song. That single reached #11. “Secrets” was used to expose the artist after her release of queer-themed love story “She Keeps Me Warm”. The bouncy track is climbing slowly up the charts.
The album includes “Ribcage” which features Angel Haze and KFlay, and a cover of Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”.
These are two standouts. The former is a mid-tempo track that layers three different verses as the three singers discuss vulnerability of relationships. The latter is a beautifully put-together ballad version of the track whose message is much more potent from a female perspective.
She says about creating the songs that appear on her debut album ‘Having an actual platform made me think about my motivations and what I want to put out into the world; so I made a list of goals: 1. Have fun. 2. Create something catchy. 3. Create something that positively impacts the world. 4. Stay true to yourself. 5. Make money.’
More on the album:
“So Far Away” is another mid-tempo track which discusses the distance between two people. She croons ‘nobody’s got the time, nobody’s got the time for love’.
“Dear One” is a poem which brings her back to her poetic roots.
“When You Sleep” is a mostly piano-based ode to wanting someone at any cost. Lyrics aside, the track is very much about her vocal delivery; from soft crooning to emotional belting. ‘I could disappear completely’ she gushes as she pleads to have a love returned.
“Chasing The Moon” keeps the same slow pace going with its radio-friendly backing track.
“Monochromatic”, with insightful lyrics, is a standout track. In it, Mary urges people to remember that we are multi-layered. ‘Every morning it’s the same thing, sidewalk of people with ‘who cares?’ stares.’ Mary sings about her heart being too big for today’s standards of social happiness.
“Heart On My Sleeve” has been used as a buzz single for the album. It is possible that it will eventually become a single.
“Wounded Animal” is another piano ballad. In it she channels another self as her vocals sound different than the rest of the album. With its apologetic lyrics, Mary ends the track as she pleads ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t try at all.’
“Sum of Our Parts” ends the album on an empowering note. Despite spending most of the set singing about ideals for romantic love, Lambert takes the reigns to remind herself and those listening that we are ‘more than the sum of our parts’.
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