Sofie Jell
Beauty Lies in the Eyes
(2018)
Turn this to 6.7 of 11
Genre:
Alternative rock
Sounds Like:
Silverchair, Nirvana, Puddle of Mud
Monday, April 08, 2019
The lead track "Queen" just made the heavy meter to get us in for a glimpse of the Brazilian trio side project. The prolific Brazilian band members have put together an EP that provides some comfort food for those who loved the spawn 90s alternative rock. While this is a little outside our comfort zone the nostalgic feel and chemistry took us through the requisite rotations. Lead singer, Lucas Laudano, has the raspy heartfelt conviction of a Wes Scantlin (Puddle of Mud) that will resonate with those into the three bands we list above. Unfortunately, the requisite “ballad” in "Heartlesss" an absolute fucking flop. Totally drives down our overall rating on this album.

Track Listing:
1. Queen (3:17)
2. Pissed of Summer (3:46)
3. Heartless (3:48)
4. Xilocaina (3:06)

Standout Track:
"Queen" shines through as the track that resonates with our 90s affection. Perhaps the heaviest of the four tracks coupled with Laudano’s most consistent vocal performance of the four makes for the strongest track on the EP. Solid melodies and hooks throughout.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Funny… before the high ABV IPA craze, there was Icehouse from the 90s. At the time 5.5 ABV was heavy and had quite the bite.This ice beer process imparts the beer's smoothness and an alcohol content that's slightly higher (5.5% by volume) than other regular premium beer brands. Icehouse was introduced in 1993 and blends very well with Sofie Jell.

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
6.6 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
5.4 out of 11

Vocal Prowess
7.2 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
7.1 out of 11

Underlying Bass
6.8 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
6.9 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
6.7 out of 11

Contrast
6.4 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
7.0 out of 11

Production Value
7.2 out of 11

Sofie Jell is:
Lucas Laudano: Vocals/Guitar
Brunno Mendes: Bass/Vocals
Leonardo Guimarães: Drums/vocals/synth

Final Thoughts:
Those that loved the 90s alternative rock scene need to give this one a few rotations. There is still something very comforting about Beauty Lies in the Eyes albeit the flow is disrupted by "Heartless". We appreciate Sofie Jell’s homage to a very different time and sound.

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