Single Review: Jess Lee – “Snowstorm” (Taiwan, 2016)

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Powerhouse vocalist Jess Lee has transformed into a spunky ice queen for her latest album “Love Storm“, banishing previous misconceptions about her being nothing more than a love balladeer. Lee herself has stated that this new album is a milestone for her to finally show her true self; previously she battled with self esteem issues and as a result always hid her face on album photo shoots. However, after a two year break and falling in love with exercise, it made her feel better, stronger and more confident in her uniqueness and beauty.

This idea is one that came through strong and clear in her first single “Snowstorm”. Clad in a beautiful white gown against a backdrop of romantic, wintry landscapes, Lee stands tall, strong and effortlessly beautiful. Coming in low, rapid and steady, her voice brings a hint of urgency and builds suspense to the song, before steadily escalating into explosive release in the chorus where she lets rip with her powerhouse vocals that saturate the icy surroundings with warmth and passion. What’s different this time round is that Jess’ high-ranging soprano vocals are more real, more raw, and more confident than the last time I heard her, something that really resonated with me.

A far cry from her previously songs, “Snowstorm” leans towards the Rock genre, incorporating high voltage guitars in the choruses while also interestingly adding a bridge which also incorporates some light, airy pluckings of the Chinese traditional persuasion before launching back into the final chorus which uses grounded percussion to gain momentum and really keep the energy in the song high and fervent.

This song is optimistic and powerful, a true reflection of Lee’s new outlook on life which can really be appreciated by audiences, no matter where they are.

Review Score: 7.5 out of 10

Watch the video below:

Love Storm and Snowstorm by Jess Lee is currently available to stream on the KKBox platform in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.


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