I was introduced to Sophie during Strictly Come Dancing as I expect a lot of her younger listeners did. She seemed like a lovely person thus I googled her and discovered a new world of streamlined yet artful pop. Wanderlust, however, moves completely away from the whole dance diva routine and into a lot deeper, traditional sound.
The opener, Birth of An Empire is grand, boisterous and plays to Sophie's strengths. The use of Russian sounding strings along with Sophie's delicate, ornate vocals is really something to behold. It is followed up by the equally as strong Until The Stars Collide which features my favourite, a harpsichord! This song is quite deep and sad and Sophie really sells her sadness with her vocals.
Runaway Dreamer, The Deer & The Wolf and Young Blood tone things down a bit but doesn't tone the quality down one bit. Young Blood, being the first single really deserved more airtime than it was given and in my opinion was capable of being a major hit. Lets hope that Runaway Dreamer has better success in the charts!
The album then brakes into the dreamlike Interlude which feels like it may have been ripped from Alice in Wonderland. The production of the vocals on this track is slightly iffy but the clever sampling still pulls it through.
The second half of the album is a lot darker and involves a lot of ghost stories. 13 Little Dolls has an eerie atmosphere, Love Is A Camera tells the tale of a witch and Cry To the Beat of The Band is a lot more loud and foreboding - perhaps a slight Tom Waits influence shining through.
The closing track When The Storm Has Blown Over is a nice contrast to the sweeping arrangements of the tracks before it and ties a neat ribbon on a beautiful album. I urge anyone to try this album - this is one of the best I have heard in ages.