Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Artist: Sophya (@)
Title: Words and Sounds
Format: CD
Label: Out of Print Records (@)
Rated: *****
'Words and Sounds' by Sophya is a compilation of 13 songs released between 2001 and 2011 plus a new song from their upcoming 2012 release. If you are in to Goth that you can sing along with and dance to, this album is not for you. Of the 14 most are slow, dark and lush songs, with hypnotic and often melancholy vocals.

Spanning 10 years, the production on each song varies from outstanding to really good. Generally, the slower songs have a looser mix and the vocals tend to get buried; so it's hard to get a feel for what the song is about. But, you can still clearly hear the melody, but it's difficult to discern the lyrics. The faster songs have tighter mixes, and you can hear every nuance. To me, the bass stands out the most. There a many moments where the bass playing and sound is reminiscent of Simon Gallup from the Cure, then it gets washed out in effects, then it's bone dry. The bass is almost always different while the keyboards, guitars and vocals sound similar throughout.

There are several tracks that are 5 minutes or longer which could have been edited down to 4 minutes or less. These songs tend to be repetitive seemingly for the sake of fitting in more words. 'Captive Beauty,' clocks in at 7:08. It starts out really good, and takes about 2 minutes to get to the chorus. It goes on about 4 minutes too long with verses that don't seem to end. Sonically it's very nice, but drags.

The more memorable songs are the more uptempo ones, like 'Fifty Four,' 'Desire,' and 'More.' Unlike the slower songs these have more memorable choruses and vocal lines to sing along with. That's not to discount the slower songs. There are some really good songs here.

Overall, I like 'Words and Sounds' by Sophya. It's good record packed a with songs that would please any fan of the Cure, Switchblade Symphony or Black Tape for A Blue Girl. And I count myself among that lot.