Donna Missal: Lighter review – progressive torch singer sounds strangely retro

(Harvest Records)
The second album by singer-songwriter Missal continues to explore her biggest rock/pop influences: Sheryl, Shania and Stevie

New Jersey singer-songwriter Donna Missal has supported both King Princess and Lewis Capaldi on tour, and fans of both will find something to enjoy in her strident queer torch songs. Missal, 29, was evidently raised on traditional rock and country. One of five siblings, she was home-schooled by her parents, with an education rooted in music (her grandmother was a songwriter in the 1950s; her dad was an 80s musician). As she did on her 2018 debut album, This Time, Missal sticks closely to her biggest influences on Lighter: Sheryl, Shania, and Stevie.

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