Elissa Franceschi - Into the Light
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: July 1, 2011
Elissa Franceschi has slowly been building herself a reputation over the past few years, releasing her past two albums to quiet yet generous critical acclaim. She has said herself that Into the Light is the album she intends to use as a vehicle to push her career further than it is currently and ultimately make a name for herself in a business that is incredibly hard to break into.
The album begins with "First Week Of June," which features a catchy melody (particularly in the chorus) and a killer bridge which really helps the song become a home run, making it a great opening track. The album continues with "Rainbow On Fire" & "Never Be The Same Again," two solid tracks, although the latter does feel slightly bland compared to the rich content found elsewhere within the album. "Salt" reels you back in with it's really quite beautiful lyrics and backing, even featuring Franceschi's brother, Josh of You Me At Six.
As the album progresses the tempo stays at a relatively quick pace until you reach "Becoming The Enemy", a track that feels slightly slower and does drag it's heels all the way through it's three minute length. Luckily, it is followed by "Rocks & Tears", which is possibly one of the finest tracks Franceschi has composed to date. It features incredibly moving lyrics and an instantly accessible yet meaningful chorus, helping the album gain more substance rather than just style.
The closing track "Into the Light," however, is an incredibly dark yet exciting song, something which Franceschi does not always incorporate into her songs. It utilizes haunting melodies with a harmonized chorus which creates a ethereal tone which never leaves Franceschi and her vocal delivery until the song finishes.
Into The Light as an album is a powerful reminder that Elissa is still here, stripping her soul bare and showing exactly what she's about in a 12 track album. Notably showing styles similar to that of Ellie Goulding & Adele, yet with more soul and a keen sense of how to tap into one's psyche and really make you feel exactly what she feels. 'Into The Light' suggests that finally, Elissa is ready to step out of her brother's shadow and Into the Light.