With 'Issues' by the Band of Sisters, producer David Mindel has pulled off the virtually impossible. Having dared to impose his direction and co-writing on fifteen of the most distinctive and sought-after female voices in the music industry, he has shaped a moving album of profound depth and quality. It encapsulates perfectly what it means to be a woman in the twenty-first 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 won't happen. Every nuance of emotion is confronted and delivered with humility.

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 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, Bridie Rose, and for having chosen her to sing his song about the bullying of teenage girls.

He who dares, Mindel. You have mixed an explosive cocktail. Strike a match and stand back.