Song Review: The Black Leaves – “It Wasn’t A Lie”

Song Review: The Black Leaves – “It Wasn’t A Lie”

Song review: It Wasn’t A Lie
Band: The Black Leaves
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Date of Release: May 2013
Genre: Alternative Rock
Reviewer: Erised

Every now and then a band deceives me with a slick intro and then as soon as the vocals kick in I’m looking for the mute button as fast as I can. This is exactly what happened to me with this song.

It’s not that the vocals are bad, it’s just that his tone didn’t sit well with me at first. It’s kind of like Stewie Griffin, for want of a better example I guess. I got used to it by the 3rd or 4th listen which was fine, but I’ve gotta say some of the lyrics in the first verse are pretty average and really don’t sit well with the song. Kind of like when you drink milk after orange juice.

The rest of the music is pretty solid, repetitive but acceptable fare for alt-rock. There’s a nice little guitar hook over the top of it which carries the main riff along. The chorus isn’t too bad, decently catchy with out being spectacular.

Drums were probably my favourite part of this song actually, he manages to work in a few nice little fills and a some nice accenting work.

Overall it’s solid without being spectacular, but that voice might take some getting used to for some people, not unlike those things that you try and con your girlfriend into on your birthday.

Vocals: 6.5/10
Guitars: 6.5/10
Bass: 6.5/10
Drums: 7/10
Lyrics: 4/10
Songwriting: 5/10
Production: 6/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 6/10

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