Releaed by: Autumm Records
Release Date: November 10th, 2023
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
1. Do Or Die (featuring Nathan James)
2. Pressure (featuring Brandon Saller)
3. Imposter Syndrome (featuring Lzzy Hale)
4. Let It Hurt (featuring Chris Robertson)
5. Runaway (featuring Michael Starr)
6. Fall Of Man (featuring Matthew K. Heafy)
7. Lost (featuring Cole Rolland)
8. Hanging On (featuring Lauren Babic)
9. Avalanche (featuring Trevor McNevan)
10. Won’t You Come (featuring Marisa Rodriguez)
11. Judge And Jury (featuring Tyler Connolly)
This collaboration between the talented guitarist Sophie Lloyd and various well-known rock acts has been highly anticipated. Sophie, who has gained a massive following on YouTube and critical acclaim in Rock circles, is set to release her new album, redefining the term “bedroom guitarist.” In this album, Sophie has teamed up with notable vocalists such as Nathan James from Inglorious, Atreyu’s drummer Brandon Saller, Rock Goddess Lzzy Hale, and Black Stone Cherry’s Chris Robertson, among others, to create a diverse and impressive collection of songs.
The album kicks off with the track “Do or Die,” featuring Nathan James’ powerful vocals, which perfectly complement Sophie’s guitar work. The song is a testament to Sophie’s ability to cater to the guest vocalists’ styles, as she creates a tune specifically tailored to fit James’ prolific high range. The swirling guitar solos in “Pressure,” with Atreyu’s drummer handling the vocals, leave a lasting impression. One of the standout tracks is the collaboration with Rock Goddess Lzzy Hale, where her powerhouse vocals take the rocking and groovy tune to new heights. The album continues to deliver with another favorite, featuring Black Stone Cherry’s Chris Robertson on vocals. The song could easily pass as a Black Stone Cherry tune, thanks to Chris’s distinct vocal style, and Sophie’s guitar work adds a touch of southern twang.
“Runaway,” featuring Michael Starr from Steel Panther, brings a change of style with its 80’s sleazy groove, showcasing Sophie’s versatility as a guitarist. The instrumental shred number, “Lost,” is well done, with small Irish undertones and impressive guitar work from both Sophie Lloyd and Cole Rolland, reminiscent of Steve Vai’s style. The album’s tracks are varied in style and catered around the guest vocalists, making the album flow better overall. However, I think the last few tracks loose some steam and may not be as high-grade as the first half of the record.
In this era of digital content creation and information traveling at the speed of light, there is nothing wrong with using the tools at your disposal to get your name out there. Sophie, a talented musician, has been able to catapult her creativity to the forefront by utilizing these tools. One of the reasons for her success is her capability as a guitar player, which is evident in the involvement of other talented guest musicians in her projects. Being a woman in the industry, Sophie has faced her own set of challenges, and getting her music out there was just one step in her journey. Sophie’s release is well-done, with good production, and can be safely considered one of the top releases of the year. She is now among the ranks of amazing Rock Ladies in the industry, such as Nita Strauss and Lzzy Hale. It is important to have more role models like Sophie for the future generation of girls who may pick up a guitar at age 10. This way, they can have someone to look up to and be inspired by. In summary, there is no shame in using the available tools to promote your work, and Sophie’s success is a testament to that. Her talent as a guitar player, along with the good production of her release, has contributed to her rise in the industry. We need more role models like her to inspire young girls who are interested in music. Two horns up for this album!
Reviewed by: Shadow Editor