SINGLE REVIEW: No Hard Feelings by Izellah
The latest release from Izellah, one of Australia’s most promising musical exports is No Hard Feelings, a hook-laden piece of contemporary pop with an identifiable lyric and sophisticated production. The young singer-songwriter has released a string of catchy songs in the past year, including Hello, Glow, Treat You and Where Nobody Knows Me, and this new track is no exception. An evocative guitar part introduces the song, setting up a subdued mood but one that creates the perfect counterpoint to Izellah’s impassioned vocal performance. The verses pack as much punch as the pre-chorus and the chorus parts, as it outlines the core message; words that relate to a friendship that has had some challenges but the kind they will get over to become a different kind of relationship. In a nutshell, it’s about forgiveness, letting bygones be bygones. Izellah’s vocal dexterity means she can handle these subtleties and variances in the mood with absolute conviction. When Izellah sings, ‘I know you feel left out and I don’t want that, but I got no hard feelings, it’s in the past’, there’s a level of commitment and ability that brings the focus of the song into sharp relief. The chorus is stunningly infectious, with the resolving tag difficult to get out of your head after just one listen. The production is smooth and full, with the vocal effects carefully considered and adding a sense of poignancy to the track. But it’s upbeat too, with the song’s groove a marvellous combination of pop and RnB. The song’s expertly crafted melodic parts, as well as Izellah’s ever-strengthening vocal prowess, create an enjoyable listening experience and no doubt another hit for the musician. As her expanding fan base shows, Izellah is poised to take on the global music scene in a big way and this latest release just might help her achieve that.
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