In a sentence:
Sophie Allison’s second Soccer Mommy album ‘Color Theory’ is much darker and more unflinchingly personal than her sensational debut.
depression, ill health, loneliness, anxiety – these are just a few of the
subjects tarred onto Color Theory which reveal Sophie Allison more
clearly through her Soccer Mommy guise, and sees her more vulnerable
than ever before. The topics touched on this album make it incredibly relatable
and important, particularly for anyone suffering similarly.
In a lot of
ways, Color Theory is an intimate album. It is not easy to lay it all
bare and saying “this is what I’ve been dealing with”, but this is exactly what
Allison does with her second record as she sings about her mother’s long-time battle
with cancer on ‘yellow is
the color of her eyes’ – indolently she croons “Loving you isn’t enough /
You’ll still be deep in the ground when it’s done”. This despondent, blunt
comprehension of reality offers this seven-minute song even more gravitas and
power. ‘gray light’ is in a similar league (“I can’t lose it/I’m watching my
makes a swift exit on ‘bloodstream’
as Allison likens it to a firefly absconding from between her fingers (“happiness
is like a firefly on summer free evenings / Feel it slipping through my fingers
/ But I can’t catch it in my hands”). The guitars on new single ‘circle the drain’ do
not match the melancholy of the lyrics but make for a forlorn anthem about
keeping it together (“Tryna stay strong for my love / For my family and
friends / But I’m so tired of faking”). Allison crowns herself “the
princess of screwing up” on ‘royal
screw up’ and repeatedly begs the devil to quit taunting her on ‘lucy’.
there are elements of ‘night
swimming’ that are strongly reminiscent of ‘Still Clean’ from her 2018
On the surface of it, Allison’s vocals on her follow-up may not be ones to
turn heads, but they hold the whole record together, her almost casual tone
against the ambitious, sometimes euphoric guitar riffs and strums juxtaposing
nicely. Color Theory is a strong successor to Clean, tackling
important issues in her own personal life and letting us a little more into the
world of Sophie Allison. (7/10) (Rebecca Corbett)
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