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Issa - 'Crossfire'

posted 1 Mar 2015, 08:11 by Paul Woodward

(Frontiers Records)

Review by Woody

My jaw bounced off the floor with such velocity it ricocheted back so hard it almost took my head off the first time I heard this album. I’m totally and utterly in love with it, it really doesn’t get much better than this for fans of melodic rock, if this isn’t my album of the year then – hell who I am kidding this will be my album of the year, yes, it is THAT awesome.

I’ve always thought Issa is an amazing and extremely talented singer and enjoyed her previous three albums, but I never really connected with the songs well other than the ones she wrote with the Martin brothers. For me the soft rock style of this album far more suits her vocals and I’m glad she has moved more pro actively in this direction as it really does showcase all her vocal abilities. Another thing that helps is that she wrote the entire album with The Martin Brothers so the flow of the album is more consistent. On top of this she seems more invested in the songs personally and this album features her most evocative and emotional vocals to date. The emotion she shows really drew me and intensified my own emotional attachment to these songs, I literally lost my shit the first time I heard the chorus to album closer ‘Only You’. An absolute tour de force vocal performance from Issa, she made me cry and she made me smile!

There is not a single track on this album I do not like; the songs on this album are sheer joyous melodic rock perfection. James Martin’s keyboards are out of this world and there are so many amazing infectious keyboard moments and hooks, it’s hard to pick ones out to tell you about. And whilst the album does veer to the softer borderline pop side of rock the guitars that Tom Martin has laid down are hook filled and deliciously melodic. From start to end all the songs are instant and get stuck in your head and you will be playing this album over and over enjoying all the lush and smooth melodies, majestic keyboards and of course Issa’s spine tingling emotive vocals.

Another big thing for me is the lyrics, I absolutely adore the lyrical style and they have a beauty all of their own to add to the album. I connect so easily with the lyrics and with the passion and emotion in Issa’s vocals they resonate even more intensely with me. This is my taste in music to a T! Heavenly soft rock goodness!

This album is awesome incarnate, stop reading, go buy, don’t thank me, knowing your smiling is enough!

Track Listing: Crossfire / New Horizon / Raintown / Long Time Coming / Fight Fire With Rain / Heartbeat / Electric Light / Ghost Inside My Heart / Red Lights / We Rise / Only You

Album Rating: 10/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Ghost Inside My Heart