ISSA - ‘The Storm’

 


THE BAND:
lead & backing vocals -Issa (Isabell Øversveen)
guitars - David Sivelind
drums & keyboards - Daniel Flores
guitar solos - David Sivelind (“The Storm”), Robert S
äll (“Looking For Love”), Christian Wolff (“Too Late For Love”, “We’re On Fire”), Mats Lindfors (“Take A Stand”), Christopher Vetter (“Black Clouds”, “You’re Making Me”), Gabriel Forsman (“Gonna Stand By You”), Daniel Palmquest (“Two Hearts”)


TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) “Looking For Love” -  The keyboard that opens this track get progressively louder.  Over the top of this leading into the main intro there is a six note keyboard riff.  The third note of this keyboard progresses was held just a little longer that the other five.  There was a tom-tom fill connecting the intro with the main intro/pre-verse arrangement.  The musical intro/musical verse consisted of a standard intro arrangement.  There is a keyboard riff leading into the first lyric line.  As soon as Issa opened the first lyric there is a music arrangement change.  There is a small arrangement change for the musical verse.  The way the chorus was arranged consisted of keyboards/rhythm/guitar/keyboards etc... There is a minor keyboard solo connecting the third and fourth lyric lines of the second chorus.  This is an odd place for a minor solo however, it worked. After the chorus there is a major lead guitar solo that connects the second chorus. with the third.
2.) “Please Hold On” -This track opens with the special effects of air.  The air affects leads to a tom-tom pattern underneath a rhythm guitar riff.  This leads to a very simple rhythm guitar change that consisted of a keyboard arrangement over the top of a very simple rhythm guitar riff over the top of the drum line switching form a tom-tom pattern to a hi-hat pattern. 1There is a very simple rhythm change underneath the opening lyric line of the musical verse.  There is a small rhythm change for the musical pre-chorus.  Issa’s vocals have a huge hook attached to them.  From this point on the song basically repeats itself.      
3.) “Take A Stand” - This track consisted of a fairly basic intro arrangement.  There is a rhythm guitar change underneath the opening lead lyric line of the pre- verse.  The   band used the same rhythm for the music verse as the one for the pre-verse.  The actual music change is not until the musical chorus.  ISSA’s vocal accents through the opening chorus really shows her vocals ability.  There is a lead guitar solo after the second chorus.  Over the top of the leaf guitar solo there are several lead vocal lines.  There is a small breakdown after the solo that consisted of keyboards and vocals.  All-In-All This was a very simple song.
4.) “Invincible” - Much like the song before it this song was very straightforward and simple.     
5.) “Two Hearts” - Over the top of this intro there is a very laid back melodic minor lead guitar solo.  Over the top of the intro there is a male backing vocal.  There was a rhythm change for the musical verse. There is a small lead guitar effect connecting the sixth and seventh lyric lines.  There is a small rhythm change for the musical verse.  The chorus had a huge hook attached to it.  After the second chorus, there is a major lead guitar solo section
6.) “Black Clouds” - This intro opens with a keyboard effect over the top of a bass line.  As the intro progresses the band adds a second keyboard along with a rhythm guitar.  There is an intense musical change for the musical verse.              There is a small rhythm change for the pre-chorus.  There is a drum fill connecting the pre-chorus with the chorus.  The hook of these choruses are amazing.  After the second chorus there is a lead guitar solo that leads into a breakdown section.  There is a minor solo over the top of the coda. 
7.) “You’re Making Me” -The first two guitar riffs of this intro have musical rests within them.  The band uses the same rhythm guitar riff for the musical verse as the one they used for the intro section.  There was a small rhythm arrangement change for the musical pre-chorus.  There was a small musical rest connecting the pre-chorus & chorus over the top of the rest ISSA sings a lyric line.  There is a lead guitar solo after the second chorus.     
8.) “Gonna Stand By You” -This is a very simple track that expresses ISSA’s vocal talent.  
9.) “We’re On Fire” -Just another simple song.
10.) “Too Late For Love” - This ballad was more suited for Pop or even Country Music as opposed to Melodic Rock.
11.) “What Does It Take” -This is another track that had a very Popish feel.. 
12.) “The Storm” - Very, very popish



    Just thirteen short months after releasing ‘Sign Of Angels’ ISSA returns with ‘The Storm’.  All the songs on ‘The Storm was written with Isabell Øversveen voice in mind.  I read reviews from ‘Sign Of Angels’ where people compared Isabell’s vocals to Britney Spears.  However, Isabell’s vocals as well as the music are actually more reminiscent of Janet Gardner and early Vixen material then Britney’s.  Despite Isabell’s pop looks, she is by no means a pop princess.  However, she is nowhere near a hard rocker.  If I had to place her within a genre, it would somewhere in between.  Though ‘The Storm’ is a good sophomore release I wish the songs had the same flare as the ones on ‘Sign of Angels’.  With that being said it is said the CD is still worth buying especially if your into this style of music.