Something To Say is the second solo album for Nicole Stella. The style of the album is varied with an interesting mix of classic rock, folk and even a bit of electric-pop. The underlying theme is freedom and seems to be very current as we face uncertain times.
The album starts with “Wild Flower” a simple tone that beautifully highlights the artist's voice. Everything about this song is authentic and real. The emotions are relatable. “Sometimes” continues this focus on the real emotions that are tied to freedom and personal growth. This sound focuses a bit more on the electric-pop stylistic touches like a nice electric guitar solo. The song also seems to push the boundaries just a bit as she challenges the idea of a set of rules being just too severe for anyone to be successful.
“Houdini” was a fun nod to the struggle between our inner voice and the environment around you. The obvious imagery of the chains is also a cool pop culture reference to the great escape master himself. This was my favorite song of the set as my mind explored my personal struggles and things that challenge me to escape from them.
“Night of Light” was a little different from the rest of the album. Some of the more electric-pop accents were left out of this one for more of a folk feel. It added a little something different to the album. “You and I” showed the listener a little more of a playful side with a creative arrangement. This song was almost childlike.
“A Letter” was an interesting classic rock gone electric tribute. This was an example of a great rock anthem and was gritty at times. “Plastic” continued on the style and the grit of the subject in troubling times.
I enjoyed the variety within the album. The overall theme was consistent but the style of each song was always something slightly different. It was nice to hear the way the classic rock feel combined with the folk stylings. No matter the style, the artist's voice was always the start of the show.
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