Friday, 15 November 2013


With 'Issues' by the Band of Sisters, producer David Mindel has pulled off the virtually impossible. Having dared to impose his definitive direction and co-writing on fifteen of the most distinctive and sought-after female voices in the music industry, he has shaped a magnificently moving album of such profound depth and quality that it encapsulates perfectly what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century.

Every stage of the female life cycle is embraced, from pre-pubertal to post-hormonal. Our angst is not only heard, it is respected. Our highs, our lows, our joys, our sorrows, our residual regrets, our hopes for what may never come. Every nuance of emotion is confronted and delivered with humility and majesty.

Mindel, though he would deny it, is a legend. A multi-instrumental musician, composer, songwriter, producer, arranger, a master creator of jingles and theme music, he even writes musical theatre. Most people I know in this remarkable, confusing, confounding but ultimately sublime business claim to be his best friend. 

I suspect that every one of the ladies featured is a little in love with him. Certainly I am - with respect to his beautiful wife Darcie - for having heard the voice of my youngest daughter, Bridie Rose, and for having chosen her to sing his song here, about the bullying of teenage girls.

That aside. He who dares, Mindel. You have mixed an explosive cocktail. Strike a match, and stand well back. Sisters, doing it for themselves.

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