Sofia Talvik
O - Part Two of L.O.V.E.

1. Glow
2. Awfully Aware
3. The War
4. King Of The Willow Tree

Sofia Talvik

2005 - Blue Moon
2007 - Street of Dreams
2007 - Street of Dremix
2008 - Jonestown
2010 - Florida
2010 - Florida Acoustic
2011 - L


Produced by Joakim Lundgren
Music & Lyrics by Sofia Talvik

Released 2011-06-06
Reviewed 2011-08-28


Why on earth are you reviewing an album by a singer-songwriter? That might be a question asked by one or two of our readers and sure it would not be a completely invalid question as she does not quite fall into the normal musical frame covered by this publication. But what she also does is find metal band to mirror her albums of the L.O.V.E. project consisting of four EPs, one for each number making a complete album in the end. This mirrored project is called H.A.T.E. and those parts are performed by four different metal bands, the one called O, or A in the metal version is done by a band called G.A.I.N. who are from Sweden. This is also why I will review this EP as well as the metal cover version, it is to get a perspective and a possibility to compare and as we did not receive a copy of the first version we could not review that one as I did not want to steal it from some thieving site on the internet.

Musically it is quite different from what we usually look into in this publication, it is acoustic and laid back pop music. Don’t expect to find prominent distorted guitar riffs and the only keyboards I have heard are the pianos. Neither are there any furious tempo or complex works, it is simplistic and some would call it beautiful. Sound is clean and polished as would be expected and I would myself come to compare it with an artist like Sophie Zelmani for those who want that kind of comparison. As I have not heard Sofia’s first part of this series I cannot really compare them but compared to Ball of Mayhem’s H it is quite a bit of difference and the same goes when comparing it to the second part of H.A.T.E. There are four tracks on this EP and it will take fifteen minutes to play through it.

Being a secret fan of Sophie Zelmani I can say that this is a little similar and I also think that it is really good, brilliant in its best moments. I would say it is a bit of a bipolar EP as the first part is just fantastic while the second part is good but clearly not as good as the opening two tracks. The second track of which I am a really big fan is very similar, especially the opening part, to Aeris’s Theme from Final Fantasy VII, you know that brilliant video game from the 90s, the only good RPG-game ever made. It makes me wonder if Sofia maybe also played that game back in the day, after all I noticed that we are of similar age even though she is a little older than me.

But getting back to the point, if I compare this part to the metal part by G.A.I.N. I would say that the number of plays in my computer music player which also keeps track of the plays in the portable player says that I have heard the songs of the G.A.I.N. version nine times each and the songs of this one 23, 46, 21 and 20 times which would indicate which version I think is the best.

In the end I would say that this is one great EP and I am maybe looking into getting the first one but that would depend on the quality of the third that will be out soon, hopefully we will be getting that one as well, maybe along with the third part of H.A.T.E. but that will be something to look forward to anyway as this EP is just absolutely fantastic in its best moments. Sure if you are a narrow minded typical metalhead you will probably not like this album but then again you will probably have stopped reading after singer-songwriter anyway. For all of us who like music however, this EP is a real treat.



Label: Makaki Records/Triada
Three similar bands: Sophie Zelmani/G.A.I.N./Ball of Mayhem
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Recensent: Daniel Källmalm
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