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Trip The Light Fantastic is precisely that - fantastic.,
This review is from: Trip The Light Fantastic (Audio CD)Yet again Sophie delivers a pop album worthy of praise upon praise. This is a proper pop album, awash with great melodies and infectious hooks that only Sophie could write and only Sophie could deliver with her icy, sharp precision.
In 'Trip The Light Fantastic' Sophie touches upon some new musical territory with the likes of `Catch You' `New Flame' and `China Heart' all led by frenetic guitars and fronted with powerhouse vocals, sounding much like 80s Blondie and Kim Wilde. Additionally, there is the pulsating, overtly infectious electro-pop perfection of `New York City Lights' that sounds like it could only have ever been produced in the 21st century.
But never fear, Sophie also returns with her familiar brand of disco, with the string laden `Me And My Imagination' and the glittery `If I Can't Dance'. However, Sophie's lyrical ability truly shines in the heartfelt `What Have We Started' and the optimistic stance of `Today The Sun's On Us' as well as in the beautifully epic `The Distance Between Us'. A further highlight of the album are the two tracks Sophie wrote with The Feeling's Dan Gillespie Sells; whether it be the madcap `Only One' with its sing-a-long chorus or the slushy sentiment of `Love Is Here' that again gives more than a nod to the disco sound which Sophie is renowned for.
Last, but by no means least, are the two UK bonus tracks. `Can't Have It All' successfully fuses the disco and 80s influenced pop found throughout `Trip The Light Fantastic' with a powerful, single woman mantra style chorus. Now, `Supersonic' a collaboration with the B52's Fred Schnieder is utterly bonkers and complete fun and clearly a track that both Sophie and Fred enjoyed creating as is heard in their enthusiastic launch countdown.
Sophie has clearly given her all in this album and it's a real treat for anyone who is willing to listen. It certainly does not disappoint.