Izo Fitzroy – A Good Woman

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May 10, 2023 by nigelgentry

Izo Fitzroy is a name synonymous with the all that is good in the world of contemporary soul music. A Good Woman is Izo’s third album, it explores life as a single woman in her 30s. Taking on themes such as depression, shame and ralling against convention.

On this album Izo has teamed up with Oscar De Jong, one half of electronic Dutch act Kraak & Smaak.

On Izo’s previous two albums, she cemented herself as a voice to watch and what a voice it is. Both powerful and unique. Her songwriting skills accompanied by Oscar’s production prowess delivers something distinctive and special.

Over the past few months Izo has been teasing us with a flurry of singles in the lead up to the albums release. First up was God Gets A Little Busy Sometimes, a raw and emotional gospel-tinged number that builds and builds into a crescando of sound. Next was Give Me The High, showcasing the collaboration with Oscar and his production expertise. It’s a groovy dancefloor tune with a catchy hook and chorus that will stay with you for days. Finally, in March this year Izo released the third single Chasing Days. A jazz-funk inspired tune that could have easily been released by the mighty Incognito.

To be honest I would have been happy with just these three tracks. But the rest of the album is just as spectacular.

Title track, A Good Woman, one of the rawest of the albums songs lyrically. Touching on confusing relationships, meeting expectations that significant others may place on you. Keep Your Light On Me, is a moody number. Tribal drums and a haunting guitar at the start give way to a breakbeat and driving bassline. Somewhere Beyond The Wreckage is the most laidback of the songs on this album. It breaths pure soul, with an arpeggiated acoustic guitar backing up Izo’s vocal.

On this album Izo has effortlessly fused together influences of soul, gospel, jazz-funk and electronica. Her voice remains raw and with pure emotion and the musical arrangements simple accentuate that inimatible voice.

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