CD REVIEW: Sissita - "Sissita's Soul Tango"
By: Cyrus Rhodes
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Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Sounds Like: Vanessa Williams, Miami Sound Machine, Natalie Cole
Technical Grade: 8/10
Repetitive songs, catalogue & musical performances, lack of musical
Austrian vocalist Sissita joins forces with Buenos Aires based producer Ariel Gato to create a new 7 song EP entitled “Sissita’s Tangos”
The EP gently takes to flight with Track 1 “All of You” a sultry intro piece that serves up delicate piano intro, well placed strings, & melodic French accordion accents against a passionate vocal delivery from Sissita. Track 2 “Nightmares” shifts gears a bit with soothing melody, well placed vocal jazz accents against more honey coated vocals from Sissita making for an impressive ballad. Track 3 “As I Care for you” delivers yet another heart felt piece with its gradual musical build. Sissita let’s it all hang out emotionally on this piece. As the EP slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Miami Sound Machine, Nora Jones, with maybe a dash of Natalie Cole. It’s obvious the players in Sissita's band are pretty accomplished. Kudos goes out to the impressive Piano & French Accordion playing. The rhythm section (bass & drums) push the natural accents well. Last but not least Sissita makes the whole thing work. What I like the most about this band is how well they seem to groove together, testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. As for her vocal abilities, Sissita's voice works well within the confines of Jazz-rock. Her voice goes down smooth & fills the space peacefully & unobtrusively. Along the way you will notice some of her vocal influences – Vanessa Williams, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, & Barbra Streisand. I might add she takes some impressive vocal risks along the way indicating to me a strong & confident vocal ability. All songs are emotional, compelling & consistent across the board. This EP from Sissita 7 solid tracks all providing thought provoking wisdom with messages that are very passionate & extremely powerful. From gripping “Colder” to passionate “Far More” to dynamic “Dancer” this EP pretty much has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with Track 7 “Love & Music” A tranquil finale ballad providing rich conventional wisdom that simply cannot be faked no matter how hard you try.
It’s fair to say the catalogue is a bit repetitive over time. This CD was carefully build on a house of cards with the same 3 things over & over again - French Accordion, Piano, & string accents. It's a bit weak compared to other world class productions of the same genera. More instrumentation is desperately needed to bring more musical variety to the table. Things jazz guitar, bass guitar, horn sections, percussive accents real drums, along the way would help. All these things would have given the production much needed variety. But above all, no matter what, I beg of you please give that French Accordion a break! Because of this the EP struggles to keep you entertained for the 7 song duration.
“Sissitas Tango” is a compelling & gripping musical production from start to finish. The songs are consistent across the board, & the musicianship is first rate. All songs are short and sweet musical experiences. Each one possessing a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. Lastly - the singing abilities of Sissita are impressive. My hats off guitarist her as she makes no attempt to hold back her emotions on these tracks. She has an impressive falsettos, & a consistent vibrato, & a vocal presence that is pleasing to the ear. To quote Andy Jackson “That girl can blow!”
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