ISSA – Crossfire
Another studio album from Issa, the Norwegian melodic rock singer who seems to put her abilities in the best light possible. Be it through strong ballad duets with FM singer Steve Overland on "Raintown", musicians such as guitarist Steve Newman, keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio, Work of Art’s Robert Sall, Degreed’s Daniel Johansson, and supplementary vocal choir help from Michael Kew (Vega), Matt Black (Fahran), and Pete Newdeck (In Faith) – these 11 songs are perfect for people into 80s oriented melodic rock with AOR touches.
Do you remember early Roxette, "Bad Animals" era Heart, or others in that style where pop hooks, big harmonies, and musical arrangements that emphasize the singer’s ability ruled the radio/ video airwaves? Then you will love up beat selections such as the opening title cut, cinematic "Fight Fire with Rain", and keyboard driven "We Rise" – Issa possessing a clear, vibrant voice that moves from low to angelic measures through the tender grace and charm we’ve come to know through the years.
I know plenty who continue to support the melodic rock/ AOR artists of today – and "Crossfire" should be another welcome addition to your collection if you want another knock out record fueled by 80’s inspiration.