Recordings | Oct. 9, 2014

By Cait Brennan, Oct. 9, 2014.

Mary Lambert | Heart On My Sleeve | Capitol Records | 

“I’ve got bi-polar disorder, my s--t’s not in order, I’m overweight, I’m always late, I’ve got too many things to say,” Mary Lambert sings on “Secrets,” the irresistible opening track of her debut Heart On My Sleeve. It’s a bold, very fun anthem about refusing to hide who you are. From her breakthrough on Macklemore’s “Same Love” to her own “She Keeps Me Warm,” Lambert has always been fearless and that shines through in each and every track.

Eric Rosse, who produced Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink, handles production here, and it’s a savvy choice; while Lambert has a lot more contemporary pop influence than Amos did (okay, there’s always Y Kant Tori Read), Rosse does an excellent job letting Lambert find her own voice on “Secrets” and the title track or stark ballads like “Wounded Animal,” the perfect soundtrack for the dark night of the soul.

She’s not above some fun surprises, either. Midway through the album, as Lambert pours her heart out over a woman she can’t have, you’ll soon realize you’re hearing the most left-field cover ever: Mary Lambert is singing Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” and it is spectacular.

On Heart On My Sleeve, Lambert serves up a mix of highly radio-friendly pop and intimate confessions songs, while always remaining true to herself.

For fans of: Tori Amos, Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor

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