Soccer Mommy
Sometimes, Forever


4.1
excellent

Review

by Atari STAFF
June 26th, 2022 | 92 replies


Release Date: 06/24/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sifting through the candy aisle

Despite my best efforts to analyze her music, at the end of the day I really just want to share a Coca-Cola with Sophie Allison. The carefree and often 90s-influenced songs under her Soccer Mommy moniker come with a tender relatability that’s hard to shun. And while her music has undoubtedly struck some nerves in the past, her best moments have always been tied to specific songs – her entire albums often struggling to mimic the same unwavering confidence and spark that makes her a special artist. I rarely feel the need to revisit Clean or Color Theory in their entirety; usually I’ll jam fire cuts like “Scorpio Rising” and “Circle the Drain”, then call it a day. Her fourth LP, Sometimes, Forever is a different story. While it certainly has its notable highlights, it’s the most hypnotizing album she’s put out from front to back.

Held together by its insanely sturdy bookends, finding a favorite moment on Sometimes, Forever is like sifting through the candy aisle as a kid: a hard decision but you know you’re leaving satisfied. Sophie Allison’s finally managed to spread her most mesmerizing moments evenly throughout an album. Not only does she deliver banger after banger, but there are also generous bursts of creativity that give some much-needed depth to her sound. “Don’t Ask Me” is a headfirst dive into shoegaze territory – the incredibly compact and magnetic guitars carrying just as much weight as Allison’s performance. The same can be said for “Bones”, which flaunts the album’s floatiest vibes before exploding into a loud mess of clashing sounds during its final stretch. It’s a powerhouse of an opening track that proves how the smallest refinements can work wonders for Soccer Mommy’s lasting appeal.

Sometimes, Forever will also have listener’s returning due to an overall stronger sense of atmosphere. Escaping her typical boundaries, “Unholy Affliction” is a glitch-heavy curveball that flirts with a dreary gothic mood – sure to be a certified Dewinged jam. Then of course there’s the psychedelic guitar bends of “Feel It All The Time” or the shrouded synths of “newdemo.” Moments like this prove Allison has a more shape-shifting voice than she often reveals. It also doesn’t hurt that Sometimes, Forever has perhaps the most glowing production of any Soccer Mommy album; everything sounds incredibly smooth and dynamic throughout.

The phenomenal closing track escapes the album’s warmer confines as Allison makes the type of confessions we often keep buried: “I don’t know how to feel things small, it’s a tidal wave or nothing at all/I can’t believe in heaven now, it’s been hell on earth for a second.” It’s a heartbreaking conclusion and perhaps the most vulnerable Soccer Mommy has ever sounded. It’s also one of the most minimalistic tracks, rarely relying on more than the soft pluck of a guitar. The weighty lyrics hint the 90s-loving voice of Soccer Mommy has more demons in her closet than she lets on – she’s merely cracking the door open. For her next album, I’m hoping that door comes flying off the hinges. Sometimes, Forever is the most colorful album of Allison’s career, but once all her skeletons are revealed, that’s when she’ll reach her true peak. Until that moment arrives, this is the most convincing and complete package from Soccer Mommy to date.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2022


4262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review Atari! Gave this a first listen today, not sure really how I feel about it yet.

Ryus
June 27th 2022


28380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

her best. shotgun is a tune

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2022


59044 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Is this better than the last one?

budgie
June 27th 2022


29305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

for young hearts > collection > this (its great) > clean > color theory

tinathefatlard
June 27th 2022


1940 Comments


Learned about them after playing Lights’ The Listening on Spotify.

Clefairy
June 27th 2022


213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

with u is really good

Atari
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2022


27490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

@Sunny - cheers! have you not heard her other albums yet or just haven't rated them?



agreed that Shotgun is a killer tune. but I didn't fall in love with it until my 4th or 5th listen.. has a carefree demeanor that just passes by you at first then you can't get it out of your head



definitely better than the last one and most likely my favorite overall. still not convinced she's hit her ceiling tho which I know some will disagree with. would be interesting to see her do an album full of tracks like "Don't Ask Me"

budgie
June 27th 2022


29305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

brah her ceiling was for sure the debut. tracks like inside out and henry are genre peaks

conesmoke
June 27th 2022


7656 Comments


Is this similar to Air Hockey Auntie?

HBFS
June 27th 2022


1546 Comments


shotgun is so fkn catchy

proscett
June 27th 2022


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i liked her other stuff but this is hitting different

rabidfish
June 27th 2022


7861 Comments


Ah cool, new football mum, will check

Cormano
June 27th 2022


3723 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

loved the album, closer is important

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2022


4694 Comments


first para already convinced me to give this a shot even tho i rly disliked her previous album, nice

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2022


17243 Comments


Let me, thank, SOCCAH MOMMY, for the MUSIC

Manning119
June 27th 2022


80 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I might already consider this best soccer mommy, gonna keep coming back to this

Manning119
June 27th 2022


80 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

a great bernie moment lmao

Snake.
June 27th 2022


24448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

saw her play a few weeks ago after gov ball at like 1 am it was tight asf



truly the zoomer's answer to rachel goswell

izakaya
June 27th 2022


17 Comments


nice review.

this is way better than her last one imo - had don't ask me on repeat.

clean = fyh > this > collection > color theory

Slex
June 27th 2022


14936 Comments


I was pretty disappointed overall with Color Theory despite it having some spectacular songs, has kinda cooled me on checking this yet



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