September 2022 – (Compilation CD Review written by Sam in Music Is My Radar) – Sabrina Fallah: Sabrina Fallah Album Review
Sabrina Fallah is an uber talented singer/ songwriter who comes all the way from Canada. She’s a passionate individual, plus her YouTube channel is packed with interviews which tell me she’s dedicated to getting her name/ music out there.
Anyhow for 7 years Sabrina Fallah was an independent artist, she’s unleashed 2 exceptional EPs and these being Sabrina Fallah in 2012 and then you had Kiss Is A Killer in 2016. Three years after the sophomore EP, Sabrina the inked a record deal with Dance Plant Records and the first product of this partnership was the debut self titled. This fantastic full length was a compelling compilation of all the material Fallah released to date, you had the 2012 self titled debut EP and then there was Kiss Is A Killer EP and both of these releases were housed in the one package. Acting as the divider was the 2015 single The Frontline and the closing tune being the brand spanking new Everything.
Well I’ve been listening to the self titled LP multiple times and I cannot help but praise the end product. Sabrina Fallah has been perfectly produced and at the same time it’s been penned to perfection. The first portion of this amazing album were tracks from the debut EP that dropped in 2012. Actually the Sabrina Fallah EP was recorded in the United Kingdom and was produced by Stuart Epps. Now things kicked off with All Or Nothing and this being a compelling gem which enthralled me from the get go. Now this tantalizing track was an edgy rock anthem which packed a fierce punch, Fallah’s raspy vocals were a force of nature whilst the guitar shredding had me envisioning Billie Joe Armstrong. Everything about this number was literally faultless, it was a high octane rollercoaster ride accompanied by lyrics which focused on going to a party/ club and having a wild night “There’s a beat like a heart, that cannot be stopped /There is a voice in your head that you can’t turn off/ For the rest of the night there’s an atom bomb/ Crank it up loud, crank it up louder/ All or nothing, all or nothing you/ Gotta live it up loud”. Following on you had a little bit of One Chance and this being an infuriating rock original. Despite this number being smothered in sadness there was an empowering message. Here Sabrina mentions about a recent break up and how she’s hooked on this guy. Even though it’s hard to move on Fallah realizes she deserves better “I don’t wanna stay behind these walls/ I don’t wanna wait for him to call me/ I just wanna take the time it takes/ To make him know that/ If only I had”. Actually this could fall down to a lack of confidence as your afraid to start from scratch. Anyhow Sabrina Fallah delivered this with plenty of gusto and my favorite portion had to be the danceable chorus. Break Through had shades of Green Day, this was an addictive track that’s been perfectly crafted. Fallah’s vibrant/ raspy vocals hit me head on whist the impeccable lyrical content had me envisioning being confined to a space and wanting to break through to the real world. The line “Break through the silence and the doubt/ Break through the fire that won’t go out/ Break through the chains that hold me back/ Break through the fear I have” does make me think that this confinement is psychological. All I can say about Ask is WOW, this was an empowering cut which conveyed an all important message. Actually you could see it as therapy as Sabrina urged you to ask for help if you are struggling. Despite being released in 2012, these whimsical words hit home given what the whole word has endured and this being the COVID19 pandemic which could easily effect ones mental health. Sorry was a rip roaring rock drenched track which Fallah delivered flawlessly. Those tantalizing tones emitted plenty of power whilst the lyrical content centered on walking away from a toxic relationship. Basically the guy in question is a player, Sabrina held a torch for him but she’s finally woken up and smelt the coffee and broken away from the ties that binded them. Acting as the divider was The Frontline. This tasty track was a co write with Heather Meori and it was produced by Chris Birkett. Anyhow the finished article was a sheer spectacle, the dazzling delivery was literally a force of nature and at the same time I was noticing a resemblance to Joan Jett. The Frontline was Sabrina’s statement piece as the content mentioned how she was going to ditch what’s weighing her down so she can make her dream come true. Sabrina Fallah truly is a strong independent women and nothing is going to stand in her way. The second portion coming from the Kiss Is A Killer EP, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee this was an exciting effort which comprised of 5 tracks. Well straight after The Frontline it was time for a bit of Kiss Is A Killer and this being an exhilarating song. Those lyrics focused on being addicted to things that you know aren’t good for you “I have a thing for fast machines ripped up jeans and black heart tattoos” and the buzz that comes with it. The vocal delivery radiated bundles of attitude and at the same time the chorus could quiet easily have you rocking out. Anyways the opening left me picturing an early Avril Lavigne. Fallah then went into new territory with Stuck Up, this was enchanting punk rock with a dash of pop and the combination worked wonders. Sabrina’s fierce vocals were succulently sweet, the majestic melody was fast in pace whilst the whimsical words formed an anthem aimed at a girl who likes to think she is better than everyone else. Basically this was a reality check as Fallah tells it s it is so she can come back to earth with some home truths “Why are you so mean/ Why are you so rude/ What makes you think you’re better than me/ What if you could see past your attitude/ Why does anybody have to be/ Stuck up, stuck up/ Don’t know who you think you are/ But grow up that’s enough/ No you’re really not so far above”. Following on was Didn’t Last and this being an enthralling tune which I fell for hook line and sinker. Flawlessly delivered, this was addictive rock which then resulted in a true epic. Now Sabrina Fallah’s vocals were raspy, those licks on the guitar resonated an epicness whilst those lyrics were drenched in plenty of emotion. Basically Fallah sang about breaking free from a toxic relationship which showed she’s a strong individual who isn’t going to let her broken past stop her. Next it was onto a couple of game changers, first up was Paradise Comes With A Price and this being a stripped back contagious cut. The strums of the acoustic guitar had myself tapping my toe, Sabrina’s powerful tones were crisp and at the forefront whilst a darkness flowed from the lyrics. Basically it documented someone who is in turmoil, a broken heart feels like it’s been ripped out of the chest and they aren’t asking for advice/ help to numb the pain. The penultimate track on this LP was Hurt and this being a stripped back ballad which left me with a lump in the throat. Fallah has mentioned this original was personal to her and you can clearly tell from her beautiful vocals. Anyhow the use of guitar resulted in something chilled out whilst those whimsical words told the story about walking away from someone who you thought would be there for you “When I needed someone/ You were never there/ You had to star in your own show/ You didn’t care About what I wanted”. Even though having a best friend let you down can leave you hurting (especially if you’re always there for them), you need to rip off that band aid and cut all ties so the healing can begin. This amazing collection concluded with something brand new and this being Everything. However Fallah didn’t have a hand in writing this one. Chris Birkett and his daughter May penned Everything, Chris then gave it to Sabrina because he thought it would fit her vocal range. Chris was right giving this to Fallah because the finished article was sheer brilliance. Anyhow it was back to the rock roots, everything about this number was spot on, you had instrumentation that gave it an edginess, Sabrina’s raspy vocals were delivered at full throttle whilst those lyrics centered on teenage anxiety at school and masking it so no one knows that everything is crumbling inside “I can’t believe I look so strong/ When inside me everything’s gone/ I can’t hold on, I can’t for long/ The silences are deafening me/ I won’t pretend that nothing’s wrong/ When inside me my world is falling away”. Just like Ask these words are even more relevant and this being down to the pandemic. Whilst everything has opened up, all the lockdowns affected peoples mental health and the anxiety still remains.