Australian born and classically trained in college, indie artist Sophie Keye
made the switch to Contemporary styled music upon her introduction to producer Lee Bradshaw. This happened while in pursuit of fulfilling the dream of recording her own album. Sophie certainly has a powerful voice, and also possesses the skill to artfully vary her approach to include tenderness and some non-showy vocal runs. Keye has an impressive range that features a near Irish lilt and a lower tone made for rock n roll -- think a mix of Amy Lee of Evanescence, Maire Brennan, and Iona's Joanne Hogg. This is no better heard than on the biting and grungy title track, "Trinkets," or the more dance rock track "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made." The latter features a searing guitar solo, making for another album highlight. This style suits her well and I'd have loved to hear more of it. Perhaps this will be a sound to dig deeper into for subsequent releases. Other songs worthy of note are the matter-of-fact opener, “Sleeping in on Sunday,” the vocally arresting “This Life,” and the hopeful and sweet “Spring Anthem.” Thematically and lyrically, Keye delves into topics like depression, mental health, doubt, and disillusionment, which are all much-needed conversations in Christendom. While not every track lands for this reviewer, there is certainly enough here to sit up and take notice of with multiple listens warranted for those looking for excellent female vocals, earnest lyrics, and both commendable musical and vocal variety. Keye is talented, and this ten-year labor of love, Trinkets
, is a good addition to the independent music scene.
- Review date: 9/23/21, written by Josh Balogh