Memento Mori (Flyleaf album)

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Memento Mori
Studio album by Flyleaf
Released November 10, 2009
Recorded June 2008– August 2009
Genre Post-grunge, alternative metal,[1] nu metal,[2]
Length 44:03
Label A&M/Octone
Producer Howard Benson
Flyleaf chronology
Much Like Falling EP
(2007)
Memento Mori
(2009)
Remember to Live
(2010)
Singles from Memento Mori
  1. "Again[3]"
    Released: August 25, 2009
  2. "Beautiful Bride"
    Released: October 6, 2009
  3. "Missing[4]"
    Released: April 5, 2010
  4. "Chasm"
    Released: September 27, 2010
  5. "Arise"
    Released: December 14, 2010

Memento Mori is the second studio album by American rock band Flyleaf, released through A&M/Octone Records on November 10, 2009.[5] The title is a Latin phrase meaning "be mindful of death" or "remember you will die". Memento Mori debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200, selling 56,000 units in its opening week.[6] To date, the album has sold 300,274 copies in the U.S.[7]

Background[edit]

The new album is their follow-up to their 2005 platinum debut. It contains 14 songs, which were selected out of 18 already written.[8] The band reunited with producer Howard Benson to make the album. The album was recorded at Bay7 Studios in Los Angeles, California.[9] It was released on November 10, 2009. The band debuted two songs, "Chasm" and "Circle", from Memento Mori live during a small acoustic tour in Afghanistan for United States Troops.[10]

Writing[edit]

The band began writing new music after their debut album was released. Most of the material was written while the band toured, but some songs date back as early as 2005 and 2006. "In The Dark" was written after the band released Flyleaf, though it was never played live. "Again", "Have We Lost", and "Beautiful Bride" were the first songs to be played live before they were released on the album.

"Again", the first single from Memento Mori, was released to radio and digital retail stores August 25, 2009.[11] Don Tyler directed the music video for "Beautiful Bride", released October 6, 2009. Meiert Avis directed the video for "Again", released at midnight September 30, 2009 on MTV.[12] Giles Timms directed, animated and illustrated the animated viral music video for "Chasm", released on September 22, 2010.

The album premiered on the official Flyleaf MySpace page November 6, 2009.

Promotion[edit]

The group, starting on September 28, held VIP listening parties throughout the country inviting fans to be the first to hear a selection of songs from the new record and view brand new music videos before they aired nationwide. By partnering with Eventful, fans were given the opportunity to demand that their city get routed into the "Road To Memento Mori" using Eventful's "Demand It!" service. Based on overwhelming demand there were 10-plus events.

Fans could see Lacey Sturm, Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann, who made special appearances at these intimate gatherings across the country.[13]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[14]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[15]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[16]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[17]
The New York Times (favorable)[18]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[19]
Type 3 Media 8.5/10 stars[20]

Memento Mori currently holds generally favorable reviews on Metacritic with a 69.[21]

Track listing[edit]

Standard Edition
No. Title Length
0. "Uncle Bobby" (hidden pre-gap track) 4:22
1. "Beautiful Bride"   3:03
2. "Again"   3:05
3. "Chasm"   2:54
4. "Missing"   2:54
5. "This Close"   3:20
6. "The Kind"   2:47
7. "In The Dark"   3:47
8. "Set Apart This Dream"   3:15
9. "Swept Away"   4:09
10. "Tiny Heart"   3:07
11. "Melting (Interlude)"   0:57
12. "Treasure"   3:24
13. "Circle"   3:03
14. "Arise"   4:18

Bonus tracks[edit]

Track notes[edit]

  • "Tiny Heart" is a re-worked demo of a song that was written in the mid-2000s, before the release of Flyleaf's debut album.[22]
  • "Again" and "Have We Lost" were written in 2007 and often performed live. These songs underwent lyrical changes during the Memento Mori sessions.[23]
  • "Uncle Bobby" is a hidden track that is placed before "Beautiful Bride". The song can be heard by rewinding the disc to -4:28. On digital versions of the album, the song is track 15, after "Arise".
  • "Set Apart This Dream" was inspired by the best-selling, inspirational John Eldredge book Wild at Heart.[24]
  • "Treasure" was written about Lacey's engagement to Joshua Sturm.[25]
  • The expanded edition bonus track "Enemy" was used during the opening segment of the season 5 Criminal Minds episode "Risky Business".[26]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[27] 8
US Billboard Alternative Albums[27] 1
US Billboard Christian Albums[27] 1
US Billboard Hard Rock Albums[27] 1
US Billboard Rock Albums[27] 2
US Billboard Digital Albums 2
US Billboard Tastemaker Albums 4

Awards[edit]

The album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards.[28]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher, James (2009-11-10). "((( Memento Mori [Expanded] > Review )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-07. [better source needed]
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1663608[better source needed]
  3. ^ "Flyleaf News - 8/12! - MySpace-blog | van Flyleaf". Blogs.myspace.com. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  4. ^ "The latest news, information, tour dates, pictures, mp3s, videos, lyrics and more". Flyleaf Online. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  5. ^ Memento Mori: Flyleaf. Amazon.com.
  6. ^ "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  7. ^ "The latest news, information, tour dates, pictures, mp3s, videos, lyrics and more". Flyleaf Online. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Flyleaf". The Gauntlet. 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Video Player". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  10. ^ "Texas Band Flyleaf Delivers High Spirits to Troops Overseas". Dvidshub.net. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  11. ^ "Flyleaf News - 8/12! - MySpace-blog | van Flyleaf". Blogs.myspace.com. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  12. ^ "The latest news, information, tour dates, pictures, mp3s, videos, lyrics and more". Flyleaf Online. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  13. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - FLYLEAF: 'Memento Mori' Listening Parties Announced". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  14. ^ Christopher Monger, James. "Memento Mori - Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 Nov 2009. 
  15. ^ Callwood, Brett (December 2009). "File Under: Arena Metal". Alternative Press (Cleveland, Ohio: Alternative Magazines, Inc.) (257): 108. ISSN 1065-1667. 
  16. ^ Greenblatt, Leah. "Album Review: Flyleaf - Memento Mori". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 Nov 2009. 
  17. ^ "Flyleaf, "Memento Mori" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  18. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2009-11-22). "Worlds Rural, Urban, Midlife, Teenage: Flyleaf". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  19. ^ Spencer, Trey. "Album Review: Flyleaf - Memento Mori". SputnikMusic. Retrieved 9 Nov 2009. 
  20. ^ P., J. "Album Review: Flyleaf – Memento Mori". Type 3 Media. Retrieved 16 Oct 2009. 
  21. ^ "Memento Mori reviews at". Metacritic.com. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  22. ^ "Tiny Heart Revenant Media". Revenantmedia.com. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  23. ^ "The latest news, information, tour dates, pictures, mp3s, videos, lyrics and more". Flyleaf Online. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  24. ^ Spring Music Preview: July/August, Rolling Stone. Published March 20, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
  25. ^ 13 November 2009 (2009-11-13). "FLYLEAF Singer Lacey's Wedding Proposal". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  26. ^ 21 January 2010. "CM 5.13 1". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  27. ^ a b c d e http://www.billboard.com/artist/302265/flyleaf/chart
  28. ^ 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominees on DoveAwards.com