Soso (SWE)
T.T.I.D.S.D.I.E.U.I.C.


4.0
excellent

Review

by J.H. USER (16 Reviews)
April 9th, 2012 | 28 replies | 3,487 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that is a lot more artistic and soulful than most other popular music released within the past decade.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Ready or not, as soon as the opening track ‘Happy People (Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt)’ begins, the listener is hooked. Held in by an overwhelming jolt of emotion, the listener immediately loses all autonomy over their attention and becomes emotionally invested in T.T.I.D.S.D.I.E.U.I.C.. This is because the track starts off grounded, with a moderate flow of energy, and a dark but intriguing philosophy to the lyrics. After what seems like less than half a minute into the track, the song has already sped through the introduction, the first verse, the pre-chorus, and the first chorus. The transitions in-between these parts are smooth and have a steady feeling of elevation in the instrumentation and the vocals. So as soon as the introduction ends, after only several seconds, and the first verse transitions into the pre-chorus, there is an anxious feeling that develops as though the apex has already been passed. It is in that moment that the listener is pushed into the chorus for the first time and is elevated to a level of sear angelic bliss as the song climaxes. Oddly, this is when the song is supposed to become completely dull and the listener moves on to something else. But because the song is constructed to maintain momentum, as soon as it seems as though one’s interest is dwindling, the next part has already begun and is about to transition again. But it is when ‘Happy People (Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt)’ finally ends that the album truly begins. No other track from this point on will enslave one’s mind as profoundly as the opener did and the album thus settles into a very particular consistency.

It is because of the fact that the opening track is the strongest part of T.T.I.D.S.D.I.E.U.I.C. that the overall rating, at this point, drops from a 5/5 to a 4/5. The rest of the album features the same sort of style, themes, and gradient electronic and vocal techniques but without the same subjugating structure and immediacy of the opener. Soso continues to pour out her soul throughout each track using a combination of pop and soul styles in her vocals while occasionally changing it up by adding a bluesy accent or auto-tune to her voice. She talks about under-confidence in herself, alienation, loneliness, self-destruction, poor choices, and pretty much every other socially noir theme one could think of that an angsty young adult would normally want to express about their life. Dance synth riffs and speedy drumming frequently ascends the listener’s attention with the heavily relied-on accompaniment of vocal harmonies and lifting major scales played in a lower octave. The music consistently stays within a pop-like song structure while remaining imprisoned in an atmosphere of self-loathing and hatred towards the world.

But the overall mass appeal brought about by the initial track is maintained all the way until the end of the album. This is because there is a constant feel of post-modernism and elegance as well as a constant direction in the instrumentation. While certain songs on the album such as ‘Every Man I Love Has Got a Girlfriend’ and ‘Maria Makes My Life’ last just over a minute in length, other tracks such as the opener and ‘Who's Gonna Love Me’ last around four, and the entire time there is a constant stream of energy and navigation that gives the listener a natural feel as it guides one from one track to the next. Those aforementioned angsty themes in the lyrics make each song seemingly more relatable. Soso does not leave out enough detail as to make the lyrics vague, nor does she add too much detail as to make the lyrics exclusive to her experience. Instead she adds a moderate amount of polished finite presence, memorability, and personality to her words which in effect, allow those listening that have faced the same, or a similar social situation as her, to have their emotions mirror those that Soso expresses in her songs.

What largely separates T.T.I.D.S.D.I.E.U.I.C. from the handful of other ‘dark’ pop albums that have been released within the past decade is the frequently re-occurring mood elevation in the transitions between parts of songs, catchy and danceable electronic synthesization, the emphasis placed on vocal harmonies, the personality and pain entrenched in the lyrics, and the post-modern vibes that radiate from the production. While it would be foolish to assert that there are no other albums like it out there, it would be more than safe to say that there aren’t many albums out there with the same sort of feeling and depth. A lot of pop releases are superficial and lack character but Soso was passionate enough to put her soul into T.T.I.D.S.D.I.E.U.I.C.. This is evident just by sampling a track or two but can become emotionally overwhelming when listening to the whole album from beginning to end. So while T.T.I.D.S.D.I.E.U.I.C. may not become the album of the year it will definitely make 2012, for a lot of its listeners, even more special and memorable. As a debut it is impressive what Soso was able to portray and it is clear to this critic that the music community should keep a look out for her future releases. If she stays true to her current form then she will have a very rewarding discography later in her very young career.



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Eclecticist
April 9th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album is available for free as a download from Soso herself here:


http://www.youcancallmesoso.com/

taylormemer
April 9th 2012



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Probably gonna review this too, so I won't read just yet. But you obviously liked it a tiny bit more than me.

Eclecticist
April 9th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think if "Happy People (Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt)" wasn't on the album I would have the same rating as you taylormemer.

taylormemer
April 9th 2012



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah the opener is very good.

Eclecticist
April 9th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You may still dig it since it's a darker adaptation.

taylormemer
April 9th 2012



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It probably should be changed to indie. But it is somewhat pop. Synthpop.

CaptainDooRight
April 9th 2012



28688 Comments


Hey buddy haven't had a chance to read your review yet but I'll get around to it. Pretty busy day at work today.

I'm not really into pop but your summary was quite convincing

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

Eclecticist
April 9th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol taylormemer it is not indie it is pop as in pop as a genre not as a culture. Also there is only one track off of the album that actually is 'synthpop' and that is "Who's Gonna Love Me".

Hey Captain, no problem bro give it a read when you have a chance!

taylormemer
April 9th 2012



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't agree entirely with that assessment, but ok.

Kellerdeck
April 9th 2012



1881 Comments


Youve been.....posd! This keyboard is messed up, but I read this one too.

pizzamachine
April 9th 2012



12571 Comments


Great review, pos. Checked out the opening track and I'm on the fence with it, it sounds kinda sloppy. I love the synths though!

Eclecticist
April 9th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Kellerdeck, what did you think of this review?

Kellerdeck
April 9th 2012



1881 Comments


Twas good, twas good. Something about the paragraphs feels odd, but I think thats just due to the screen Im viewing the review on. All and all, pretty damn good. I might check this one out.

Eclecticist
April 9th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Pizzamachine! Really? Sloppy... huh I am sort of taken back lol I didn't hear sloppiness at all

Eclecticist
April 9th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea Kellerdeck it could be the formatting but also because the first paragraph is larger than the others. You should definitely check the album out, it's good for those warm spring nights in your suite staring out at the city lights.

FelixCulpa
April 9th 2012



1237 Comments


‘Happy People (Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt)’ did not make as big as an impression on me as it did for you. Found it mediocre. Didn't care for the vocals nor the instrumentation that much. Singer was hot though, I'll give you that. Do you think I'd enjoy the album even though I didn't enjoy, what according to you, is the albums best song?

Eclecticist
April 9th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@FelixCulpa you may enjoy the rest of the album if you liked the elements that debuted on the opening track. If you like what was used to create ‘Happy People (Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt)’ rather than the song holistically then you will probably like the rest of the album.

FelixCulpa
April 9th 2012



1237 Comments


That's a fair point. Female voiced pop with some style does sound interesting even though that song didn't do that much for me. I'll dl it.

Eclecticist
April 9th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool man, can't wait to hear your feedback.

Acanthus
April 9th 2012



9537 Comments


"Pushing the boundaries of the music industry," recording music and videos in her apartment.

I think punk's done that before.

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door



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