Anissa has been singing her whole life and has recently recorded her debut album entitled After The War. She has won many talent shows including Kokomo’s Got Talent. Her album is a vulnerable look at a broken relationship but encompasses all human struggle. The overarching theme is that struggle makes us stronger. The idea was brought to Anissa by her producer, Ryan Record.
Her music is undeniably pop in every way. It felt like music I would hear on American Idol, The Voice or a Disney movie. Pop music often hits emotion right on the nose. There is rarely any dissonance or ambiguity within pop music and that’s what you have here. The lyrics are straightforward while the music replicates tones, textures, themes and more which you hear in the arena of pop.
The album starts with a melancholy piano ballad entitled “There Was A Time.” On “Heartbeat” I felt like I was watching the end credits to a Disney film. It’s very wholesome and felt like something young kids might sing along to. “Tell Me” is more or less a very similar flavor of emotion as the previous song. It’s got that sentimental yet hopeful feeling that you always hear on those shows like The Voice and American Idol.
“Without You” is the stripped back acoustic song but again it feels very pop oriented and geared towards a broad audience. “After The War” has a little more serious tone you could say. It’s very cinematic with synths and virtual instruments creating a swell of orchestration. “When The Red Sun Rises” was personally my favorite song. It felt a little more tailored for adults and has a bluesy rock vibe that I thought sounded great. “Meant To Be” is more straight acoustic pop and ends the album on a great note
After The War is a pop album from beginning to end. In fact, this is a pop album that holds it's own. Anissa is a good singer and the songs certainly seemed just as good as the material you would hear on popular TV shows. I’m certain a broad demographic will appreciate this music.
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