Sallie Ford – Soul Sick (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Sallie Ford – Soul Sick (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:59 minutes | 922 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Concord Records

There are artists who can command attention. They lean into their songs with an irresistible edge and total emotional connection and stay there. Sallie Ford is one of those artists. Her 2017’s album “Soul Sick” finds Ford further mining, updating and perfecting her vintage influences to stand alongside her uncompromising and confessional lyricism. The album is produced by Mike Coykendall (M. Ward and She & Him). “Ford is like a cross between Liz Phair and Buddy Holly”.- The New Yorker

Soul Sick is the second solo album from Sallie Ford, who split with her band the Sound Outside in 2014, but in some ways this 2017 album feels more like a debut than its predecessor. Chalk that up to how Ford delves right into personal territory on Soul Sick, a move that is slightly telegraphed by the album’s title. Throughout the album, she sings about loss and anxiety, issues that are common to many, but her songs offer a specific, personalized spin on these troubles. Similarly, Ford’s music is idiosyncratic and surprising, fusing together elements of the past and present. Like Slap Back before it, Soul Sick demonstrates a stronger debt to indie rock than anything the Sound Outside did, but she’s threading in some of the retro sounds that are at the foundation of her music. There are hints of Farfisa-fueled girl groups, rousing soul ballads, galloping rockabilly, even swirling wah-wah psychedelia, all sounds that sit nicely next to the big-footed stomp of “Never Gonna Please” or the jangle of “Record on Repeat.” Producer Mike Coykendall helps tie these sounds together into a seamless tapestry, but Soul Sick really holds together due to Ford’s strength of personality. She pleads, yelps, and croons, alternating between agitation and desperation, and that raw emotion is the true hook on Soul Sick. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

01 – Record On Repeat
02 – Screw Up
03 – Loneliness Is Power
04 – Get Out [Explicit]05 – Failure
06 – Middle Child
07 – Never Gonna Please
08 – Romanticized Catastrophe
09 – Hurts So Bad
10 – Unraveling
11 – Rapid Eyes



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