The Storm
Style: Melodic Rock
Release date: 14 October, 2011
Playing time: 52:00

The Norweigan bombshell Isabella "Issa" Overseen is one of the stronger female melodic rock voices and with the new album "The Storm" she takes it a little step closer into a more radio-friendly level. I don't know if it's for the better or for the worse, because Issa goes home in all camps with her easy listening songs and her rock nasal voice together with her great musicans, this album still appeal to a lot of different music tastes.

Not a spicy or technical disc which necessarily needs several spins before it gets into the head, the lyrics are direct and you can easily hum in the chouruses. The songwriters are in the absolut world class in this genre with Martin Brothers (Vega, House of Lords, Khymera, Sunstorm) as well as contribution from Robert Sall (Work of Art), Randy Goodrum (Steve Lukather, Toto, Steve Perry), Daniel Palmqvist, Johannes Stole (Xorigin), Daniel Flores, Sören Kronqvist (Crash the System, Sunstorm), Chris Laney and Magnus Karlsson (Place Vendome).

The album kicks off with the energetic "Looking For Love" with its' strong melody andh sharp guitars. "Please Hold On" is another strong track and the expectations for the rest of the songs were high, but with easy listening tracks comes also a risk of saturation and a desire for a little more variety, but I still feel it's high quality track by track, but I was quite tired because it melted into the same sound and I had a hard tim seperating the songs in the end. Little too much pop and lightweight rock even for my taste, but I'm sure that there are many fans that will find Issa's new album enjoyable.

Best tracks: "Looking For Love", "Please Hold On" and "Black Clouds".

01. Looking For Love
. Please Hold On
. Take A Stand
. Invincible
. Two Hearts
. Black Clouds
. You're Making Me
. Gonna Stand By You
. We're On Fire
. Too Late For Love
. What Does It Take
. The Storm
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 12 October, 2011