REVIEW: letlive. – The Blackest Beautiful


Artist: letlive.
The Blackest Beautiful
Release Date:
July 9

On Tuesday, July 9th, Los Angeles rock band letlive. finally released their highly anticipated album The Blackest Beautiful. Filled with life, passion and screaming, this record is one that delivers.

The album opens up with “Banshee (Ghost Fame)”. The guitar riff in the first couple of seconds is raunchy and sets the loud and energetic mood of the whole album. For those who are curious about the song’s message, this hit, according to lead singer Jason Butler, warns artists to not be gobbled up by the entertainment industry and tells listeners that happiness comes from staying true to oneself.

Another track that sticks out lyrically from this compilation is “White America’s Beautiful Black Market”. The political message in this song depicts America’s situation from a negative light. A few songs later, we land on “The Priest and Used Cars”. Like the aforementioned track, its lyrics are also meaningful and speak out about religion.

One that stands out sound-wise is “Virgin Dirt”. The vocals don’t start off right away in this song and the spotlight is focused on the instrumentals. “Virgin Dirt” isn’t as high pitched and not as loud in certain parts, it just shows that Butler is capable of also reaching lower tones and that the band is flexible in style. The end of this piece features a little violin segment.

The band’s fourth instalment finishes with “27 Club” that refers to artists that have unfortunately passed away at the young age of twenty-seven. This seven and a half minute long tune, just like all the other songs on The Blackest Beautiful, starts off with a bang. The guitar intro gives off chills and digs its way into people’s souls. The song is more upbeat when the drums roll in. Butler’s voice on this final song ends the album on a powerful note.

The Blackest Beautiful fails to disappoint and fans of letlive.’s older works will surely enjoy this one, even if it doesn’t quite meet up to its predecessor Fake History.

Review by Karmin Yu

Listen to “Banshee (Ghost Fame)” below:

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