Her stripped bare honesty sits neatly within brilliant songs, and it’s instantaneously fantastic.
Label: SideOneDummy Records
Released: 2nd October 2015
“It’s a pattern I’ve always found, I get messed up, I write it down.” It’s this sincere lyricism that strikes through immediately from Allison Weiss; even in candyfloss-sweet moments she keeps it startlingly real, from the one that got away to the emptiness good advice can hold when you need it most. Her stripped bare honesty sits neatly within brilliant songs, and it’s instantaneously fantastic, only getting better as you listen more.
Allison Weiss is just divine. Her lyrics are each a journey in themselves, her crystal clear vocals piercing straight through to the consciousness of the listener, tugging at the strings to which they can relate. You’re invested in the darker moments of ‘Out of this Alive’, and euphoric when ‘Who We Are’ takes the fore with its infectious optimism.
The production is so crisp, you hear every little electronic beat, the airy echoes of her vocals with pure clarity. She questions with several ‘maybes’, she moves on and did what she had to do, when nothing seems to be enough; the stories she weaves are simple and relatable. Some are cushioned in slick throwbacks to bygone eras (‘Back To Me’), others orchestrated to feel simply massive (‘Golden Coast’).
Allison muses that she wants to ride her motorbike all summer long, and it captures that freedom of adventure in the season; ripe for blasting on the wide open roads. We know what we’ll be playing next summer. Heather McDaid