ILissa Berman | Thunder from the Heart

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Thunder from the Heart

by ILissa Berman

Song writing in a category of its own from a truly gifted singer....
Genre: Folk: like Joni
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Me in the eye of a hurricane
4:20 album only
2. Moodworks
3:23 album only
3. There's a woman living in Montpelier
4:22 album only
4. The windsong dance of children
5:17 album only
5. Freedom run
4:09 album only
6. Hear the voices
4:38 album only
7. Firewalker
3:05 album only
8. Come on over
3:54 album only
9. Take the hand of another
4:25 album only
10. Womynkind
4:50 album only
11. Montreal in the summer of '92
4:50 album only
12. Night train
3:40 album only


Album Notes
Ten years in the making, comprised of songs written in upstate New York and Los Angeles, California, this album will give you the feeling that you have been where this artist has been. Her songwriting and distinct delivery of these songs, tells of feelings and experiences that will no doubt touch you and evoke strong emotions within you. By honing in on the essence of a chosen subject, such as in the song "There is a woman living in Montpelier" or honing in on a certain experience, like in the song "Come on over", you will be awestruck with intimacy. Another song titled "Moodworks", uses techniques in tone painting through use of modal chords and broad harmonic ranges. Thunder from the Heart is subtle and penetrating; resonating unbridled and yet refined emotions. Creativity is at its finest. Applaud art and music by owning this album.



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Tall Dave

Strong, wonderful and passionate
Twelve great tracks (and a couple bonus surprises at the end). Honestly introspective and frankly insightful, this CD is an exploration of personal journeys and compassionate assessments of things both right and wrong. The vocals are strong, haunting and passionate, a wonderful accompaniment to the jazzy/folky guitar. You'll love it!

Video Neil

A pure and intensely burning lyrical light
Ilissa has a magical way of making every song--no matter who composed it--sound like her own. So I couldn't wait to hear her sing more of her original songs. Wow. These are soul-searching songs that take you on an inner voyage into Ilissa's (and, quite possibly your own) persona. Some of the songs are very haunting, so be prepared to hear several of them echo in your head long after you've pressed the "stop" button on your CD player.

Ken Downie

Best folk album in years
It's obvious from even a quick listen to this CD that Ilissa is heavily influenced by Joni Mitchell and her ilk. But, unlike so many female folkies that cop Joni's style without the depth, Ilissa embraces the most heartfelt aspects of Mitchell's playing, singing and songwriting while letting her own spirit shine through. The guitar playing is particularly interesting, with lots of suspended color and altered chords, reminiscent of Court and Spark (my favorite Joni album). In other words, this isn't three-chord, strummy campfire folk -- it's a heck of a lot more original and interesting. Highlights include "Me in the Eye of a Hurricane" and "Moodworks," with their cool, dark chord progressions; "There's a Woman Living in Montpelier," which has an almost evil ambiance; "Firewalker," which is just a great song; and "Take the Hand of Another," which has a very different feel from the rest of the album. Contemporary folk singers and guitarists alike could learn a thing or two from Berman, as she takes the best of the old and combines it with something fresh, and entirely her own.