An inclusive and authentic album
Coming four years after her 2015 studio album After, Aly Spaltro better known as Lady Lamb is back with her most personal album to date Even in the Tremor. Known best for her striking lyricism about those around her and past events, Spaltro goes inward in her third studio album and breaks down her own personal feelings and journey for what feels like the first time.
The album starts with a vocal showcase in “Little Flaws,” a simple acoustic tune that finds Spaltro battling with her own rage in a batting cage. “Deep Love” delivers a soothing take on a growing love. Spaltro demonstrates her wide vocal range throughout the chorus and allows for a real feel-good anthem to take place. The title track of the album, “Even in the Tremor,” comes in quickly with an upbeat and frantic rhythm that brings the listener along the same path that Spaltro went down to find herself. Creating an infectious toe-tapping beat, the song becomes a stand out on the album. “Untitled Soul” and “Prayer of Love” both combine the feel of older country-rock ballads with harmonized vocals and mesmerizing guitar. Both tracks are self-aware and on a quest to find answers to life’s questions.
“Strange Maneuvers” is a story from start to fiery finish. Spaltro sings, “I don’t wanna be afraid of myself anymore,” on repeat as her listeners get the feeling that her own struggles might be universal. “July Was Mundane” and “Oh My Violence” both play a huge part in being standout tracks on the album as well. The almost seven-minute long jam “July Was Mundane” combines strings, percussion, and smooth guitar to create a humid summer ballad worth listening to in the car with the windows down. “Oh My Violence” brings a bit of a darker side of Spaltro to the album and to her listeners. The unforgettable tone she possesses throughout the chorus gives the track vibrato that listeners haven’t heard yet.
The 29-year-old indie-rocker seems to have put a piece of herself in each of the tracks on her third album. By breaking down the barriers that might prevent one from talking about oneself, Spaltro lets her listeners know it’s never easy to talk about your feelings or problems. However, by doing, so we can find a deeper connection to the world around us.