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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Nashville singer-songwriter was produced by Gabe Wax and mixed by Lars Stalfors.
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circle the drain
I wanna be calm like the soft Summer rain on your back Like the fall of your shoulders But everything just brings me back down To the cold hard... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Feb 25, 2020
    100
    Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, just keeps getting better. Her latest record surpasses any expectations set by 2018’s Clean, which set her apart from the crowd with its effortlessly cool pop energy, razor-sharp riffs and wise takes on adolescent turmoil. With color theory, Allison revives a fiery and rebellious noughties aesthetic, upgraded with enchanting sonic clarity.
  2. Feb 25, 2020
    90
    A darker and more complex record, it displays a newfound maturity in Allison's arrangements and a decidedly higher set of stakes.
  3. Feb 28, 2020
    90
    Success may not be a salve, but color theory is a resounding triumph.
  4. Mojo
    Feb 20, 2020
    80
    Lyrics tend toward the brutal, but there's tenderness too. [Mar 2020, p.92]
  5. 80
    She has pulled off the difficult trick of developing a new signature sound, without losing the personal perspective that separated her from the pack in the first place.
  6. Mar 25, 2020
    79
    A work of tightly-focused determination.
  7. Q Magazine
    Feb 20, 2020
    60
    Color Theory is a record that weighs heavy with low self-esteem and personal tragedy. [Mar 2020, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 20, 2020
    10
    Es un buen álbum ella simplemente nos transporta con muy buenos sonidos a su mundo, no hay malos tracks todos se complementan uno del otro aEs un buen álbum ella simplemente nos transporta con muy buenos sonidos a su mundo, no hay malos tracks todos se complementan uno del otro a pesar del reciclaje de efectos en este álbum es muy bueno, se notan las vibras con artistas cómo ¨Clairo¨ y ¨Girl in Red¨ la estética del álbum es muy buena, no sé si es su debut pero para serlo es un álbum con bastante calidad, a pesar de su buena critica este álbum merece más. Expand
  2. Mar 4, 2021
    9
    I love this album so much, it reflects a lot of the issues i suffer personally, and being able to find a place of confort to music and beingI love this album so much, it reflects a lot of the issues i suffer personally, and being able to find a place of confort to music and being capable of really comprehend what my problems are is amazing to me...

    Production-wise it can be a little monotonous at times, but there's moments inside of each song that makes them distiguishable from each other, so you can comprehend all the stories Sophie is trying to tell

    Personal faves are "bloodstream", "up the walls" and "yellow is the color of her eyes"
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  3. Mar 6, 2020
    9
    It's touching, charming, heartfelt and spliced with chromatic flourishes that make it feel lived in and pure.
  4. Feb 28, 2020
    8
    This is a sister album to King Krule’s Man Alive! in tone and orchestration, and just as good as it too. Don’t be put off by the slurringThis is a sister album to King Krule’s Man Alive! in tone and orchestration, and just as good as it too. Don’t be put off by the slurring Nashville accent: Sophie Allison is pop without the pomp, rock without the snarl, folk without the whimsy. Be dragged in. Expand
  5. Apr 21, 2020
    8
    ( 82/100 )

    La solides del estilo de Sophie Allison rinden frutos una vez más en "Color Theory". Gabe Wax produce una vez más para lograr un
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    La solides del estilo de Sophie Allison rinden frutos una vez más en "Color Theory". Gabe Wax produce una vez más para lograr un ambiente que logra una sensación de "vieja juventud" cuya música es activa, sensible, seria, con un romance cauteloso y consciente, y un sentido de emancipada madurez. Claro, hay un tonos nostálgicos y melancólicos que, afortunadamente, solo buscan la reconciliación y el bienestar personal. En general, el álbum es un proyecto que presenta a una Sophie dedicada a madurar y usarlo a su favor.
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    The solid style of Sophie Allison achieves once again in "Color Theory". Gabe Wax produces once more fro Sophie to achieve an "old youth" ambient which music is active, sensible, serious, with a careful and conscious romance and an emancipated sense of maturity. Of course, there are nostalgic and melancholic tunes that, fortunately, it only searches for personal reconciliation and wellbeing. In general, the album is a project that presents Sophie as someone focused on mature and use it in her favor.
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  6. Jul 10, 2020
    6
    I really liked "Clean", so much so that I went and got "Collection" which I also enjoyed. I haven't listened to either of those records muchI really liked "Clean", so much so that I went and got "Collection" which I also enjoyed. I haven't listened to either of those records much since the initial few weeks after I got them and had almost forgotten about Soccer Mommy until I saw a review for album number 2, "Color Theory". The melodies are present again but any edge from the debut seems to be lost. "Circle the Drain" is a decent ear worm and there is a lovely aesthetic to the production of the whole album. The songs are solid enough but there is little on the album in terms of material that grabs the listener and makes a lasting impression. The songs aren't particularly long but most of them still hang around for longer than necessary. The whole album could do with more energy and variety. I want to like this more than I do and perhaps in time it might further grow on me but at the moment I'm left underwhelmed. Expand