I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Mary Lambert is known for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ chart topping song “Same Love.” I admit that I did not know who she was until this song started playing on the radio. She just released her debut album, Heart On My Sleeve.

Written within the past year , Heart On My Sleeve is an honest depiction of where Lambert is now. “This year has been the best of my entire life, which is not to say it hasn’t come with its fair share of hurdles, heartbreak, and harsh lessons,” she says. “I can only write about the experiences I’ve had. I signed to a major label. I went through a break-up. I figured out how to be an independent person. I have been terrifyingly honest to the public about traumatic events in my life. I met the woman of my dreams. I have been on the road nonstop, away from those I love, but with the opportunity to sing about gay rights to hundreds of thousands of people. This album is inspired by the depth of all of that love, and the journey that it takes to get there.”

“Heart On My Sleeve” is a dusky love song that Lambert chose as the title track because she felt it summed up how she approached writing the lyrics on the album. “I’ve always lived my life completely open, both to getting hurt, but also to love,” she says. “I have experienced so much joy because I’ve allowed myself to connect. That’s not to say that I haven’t been burned, but with really profound sadness comes really profound joy. Because I’ve experienced some trauma and some really dark times, my capacity for joy is massive.”

For more information on Mary, please visit her official site at http://www.marylambertsings.com.

I was hooked as soon as I started listening to this album. The songs are really catchy and they lyrics are relateable. She is very lyrical and one of the tracks is even a spoken poem. She also has a very interesting cover of “Jessie’s Girl.”

Track List

So Far Away
Ribcage [feat. K.Flay]
Dear One
When You Sleep
Chasing The Moon
Jessie’s Girl
Heart On My Sleeve
Wounded Animal
Sum Of Our Parts
Sing To Me
Assembly Line
Sum Of Our Parts (Alternate Version)

You can order the album here:

* iTunes:    http://bit.ly/MaryHeart
* Amazon:  http://bit.ly/MaryLHeart

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