It may sound strange to call such a brazenly rock n’ roll album a fighter for blessings, but Stake My Claim feels as such. Lead singer Kait Eldridge has an inherent rasp that makes her vocals feel like a lush grate: for however pretty they may be, they will always carry a sense of woe and resilience. She has a voice made to revel and spread a sense of inner liberation. Absolutely every human being has said to him or herself, “I want to be free?”. But what is freedom to you, and what is holding you from it? These are questions that I have asked myself, which is why songs like, Count The Pegs and Curse of The Tides, appealed to me. When you give your heart to life or someone else and still are left incomplete, you have a hard time figuring out what is “off”, but know something is not “on”. Match that sentiment to a solid rock n’ roll album, and you have Stake My Claim.
Instrumentally, Stake My Claim feels like it came from a 70’s Greatest Hits of Rock album. I can picture myself driving around with Farrah Fawcett hair in a Black Chevy Impala and blasting this record Dazed And Confused style. It carries the aura of Rock’s heyday, but also a youthfulness that makes you feel like a twenty-something living in that era. Its rhythmic ability to transport Millennial youth to this different generation is what makes the album so charming. Moreover, I am convinced that Kait Eldridge stole Joan Jett’s voice. If a voice could have a spitting image than Eldridge would be Jett’s. Overall, I appreciate Big Eyes focus’ on the internal tension to be yourself and live your life without wondering if others will think your weird. While most albums focus on loving another, this album focuses on loving yourself.
I know I have made this album sound mushy or fluffy, but it is far from it. It is real, raw, and epically Rock N’ Roll. Drumrolls and guitar riffs are abound, but, more importantly, depth and heart can be found. For those that ponder, where or what happened to Music, as if she is a missing person. Well, she found a home in Stake My Claim.