Lizzy Borden – “My Midnight Things” Album Review


After an 11 year absence, the man has returned.  Lizzy Borden offers us My Midnight Things; and not a moment too soon mind you as we’ve waited patiently in the wings nearby.  

From Metal Blade: “While showcasing a diverse range of sounds, tones and moods, it is unmistakably the work of the man who released a string of classic albums in the 1980s and two more in the 00s, but with a new fire burning at the heart of the record, it is one that he has lovingly crafted for those who scream along with every word at his shows.”

Leading off the album is the title track, immediately grabbing the fans of old; destined to be a killer show-opener.  Without going into excruciating detail, just about all of the Lizzy nuances we have all come to know and love about the man are there….including the trademark layered vocals.  The man himself had this to say about tracking vocals:

It’s time consuming and tedious, but the result gives you a more multi-dimensional feel than you would get with a single vocal.  I kept it varied and engaging enough so that listeners will want to devour the whole album in one sitting, without you hearing me repeat myself.”

With My Midnight Things, Lizzy takes on the theme of Love.  Fear not though devoted fans.  It’s love in all of its forms, good and bad.  Remember the obsession of “Love Is a Crime?”  We find that also in the classic sounding “Obsessed With You;” a track that is musically very reminiscent of the days of Visual Lies.

“Long May They Haunt Us” is truly a unique track for Lizzy Borden.  In an odd sort of way, it has a bit a 50s/60s vibe in the composition.  It’s like one of those songs The Misfits covered on their 1950 album but did it in their own style.  Along with the uplifting “Run Away with Me,” “Long May They Haunt Us” really is one of the catchiest songs Lizzy has ever done.  “Run Away With Me” is a stellar track and already one of my personal favorites.

“The Perfect Poison” goes back and forth between a Visual Lies and Appointment With Death feel, searing with power in the bridge and chorus – perhaps the strongest he’s been in a while.

“We Belong To The Shadows” is a killer uplifting closer, with the obligatory key change or two and containing a bit of a modern sound adopted by the likes of The Killers.  Now bear in mind with some of these songs, that while Lizzy indeed is treading on new ground, he very much has one solid foot in the sound that we’ve come to love.

My Midnight Things definitely sounds a bit different in some regard but likely that is due to the different approach in composition.  This time around Lizzy allowed the lyrics to dictate and then built the music around the vibe created by them.  The album is pretty much perfectly balanced; even a piano-based reprise version of the title track is included.   My Midnight Things is a nod to the past and a view toward the future, an exploration into the light and the dark sides of love; the sides of us we know and those which we might otherwise prefer not to recognize.  He packages all of this in an album that’s powerful, catchy and diverse with every track standing equally on its own.  

Long time Lizzy fans will rejoice.  New and old fans will be able to look back one day fondly with this album having been an important part of their upbringing.  My Midnight Things is completely worth the wait.    Remember the majesty of Master Of Disguise?  It’s back in the form of My Midnight Things.  

Welcome back, Lizzy.  We missed you.

Be sure to check out the variety of special editions of My Midnight Things available.  Release date is June 15.

–limited 1st edition Digipak-CD (includes bonus tracks)webstore-image
–180g black vinyl
–clear pacific blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear burgundy marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–olive/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–opaque cool gray marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Please note that the digital Bandcamp download also features “Silent Night,” “Long May They Haunt Us (reprise)” and “Waiting In The Wings (2018)”

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