Nottingham based Isaac are a hard band to find, with little to no social media surrounding the indie punk band, so I went in listening to this album knowing barely anything about them (which is sometimes the best way).
After a few listens, it was clear I had mixed feelings about this album.
The album begins with a promising start, building up nicely for the vocals to kick in. The vocals are impressive – and overall, the instruments work well together to create some well-rounded tracks, but for the first half of the album, many of the songs seem to blend into one and sound a little repetitive for me.
Although each song is obviously different, the first few tracks – excluding A Polish Cafe At Christmas – all sound rather similar with repetitive beats and rhythms. That’s not to say the album doesn’t flow well, however. To me, I just felt like nothing really stood out for me for the first seven or so songs.
I also felt that at points it was hard to really appreciate the vocals over the instruments, which is a shame because the vocals really were quite good.
The second half of the album really picked up for me. Although at points I still felt the instruments overbeared the vocals a little still, overall, the second half of the album seemed a lot more upbeat and pop punk.
What Difference Does It Make stood out for me and I felt that during this track I was able to hear the vocals a little better and appreciate his talent. I felt like this song in particular would work well as a lead single on the radio and that it has prominent themes of pop punk.
Wet Legs stood out for me too, I really enjoyed the rhythm in this song and felt it was one of the stronger tracks of the album. On the other hand, Slow Drag, although slower and heavier, also has a distinct feel to it. The brief instrumental offered a nice breather during the fourteen track album.
Although overall the album is an easy listening and upbeat take on pop-punk, unfortunately Let It Burn fails to stand out.
Isaac clearly have talent, but Let it Burn is a mixture of repetitive rhythms and average tracks. Although the album is well rounded, I'm afraid it's nothing special.