Soccer Mommy – Color Theory: A Review

Sophia Regina Allison, better known by her stage name Soccer Mommy, is already a remarkably accomplished musician despite her tender 22 years. Hailing from Nashville Tennessee and having begun learning guitar at the age of 6, Soccer Mommy has been knocking out album after album since 2016. Her 2018 album ‘Clean’ received great success and she has been catapulted into the limelight, touring with Kacey Musgraves, Phoebe Bridgers, and Frankie Cosmos among many others, as well as opening for Vampire Weekend and supporting Paramore and Foster the People.

Soccer Mommy’s latest labour of love, her 2020 album Color Theory, is a pensieve yet remarkably uplifting series of self-aware, deeply thoughtful songs which you could easily believe were lifted directly from the pages of Sophia’s diary.

Color Theory opens with ‘Bloodstream’, a sobering ode to childhood and the persistent intrusive thought that perhaps you’ll never be good enough, a feeling which all of us can begrudgingly relate to. The harrowing lyrical content contrasts beautifully with Soccer Mommy’s sweet, youthful vocals, reminiscent of a hauntingly melancholy Hayley Williams. You could be forgiven for completely missing the dark message being painted through her words. The opening verse immediately grabs the listeners attention; “Just a little kid, blood flowing into my rosy cheeks. Now a river runs red from my knuckles into the sink.” It’s clear to see Sophia’s emo influences shining through (the first album she ever purchased was Avril Lavigne’s ‘Under My Skin’) and this raw, vulnerable opening track makes you instantly feel closer to her, as though she’s confiding her deepest darkest secrets and baring her soul to you.

‘Crawling In My Skin’ invokes images of lying awake at night plagued with the depressive thoughts of youth, with lyrics alluding to horror movie scenarios, demons in the dark, and the demons that live inside our own minds. It is one of many tracks on Color Theory which tangibly bubbles over with anxiety, once again revealing the true depth of Sophia’s emotional range.

‘Lucy’ transports you seamlessly to otherworldly realms, and once again the darkness of Soccer Mommy’s words are almost masked by her syrupy, sparkling voice. ‘Lucy’ tells a grim tale of being ensnared and emotionally tortured by a Lucifer-like lover with handsome good looks and a corrupt heart, the type of man many of us have fallen victim to at one time or another.

Ultimately, Color Theory is a beautifully sculpted album that tells a story of what it truly means to be a young woman finding her way in the world, learning through love, loss, and regret. You begin the album as strangers, but you finish it with a feeling of warm familiarity, like reminiscing with an old school friend. A divinely intricate series of diary entries you feel blessed to be a witness to, Color Theory has left me fondly looking forward to what pieces of her heart Soccer Mommy chooses to share with us next.

Published by Alice Shuttleworth

I am a freelance content and creative writer studying a Postgraduate MA in Children's Literature.

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