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Album Review: Sophie Delila – My Life Could Use A Remix

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My Life Could Use A Remix is the brand new album from sultry Parisian singer-songwriter Sophie Delila. The record is Delila’s second full length studio release and a follow up to 2010’s Hooked.

Sophie Delila My Life Could Use A RemixHooked spawned a couple of hit singles including the catchy Nature of the Crime and was filled to the brim with tracks bursting with hooks and overflowing with fresh, RnB and soul-tinged sweetness that has kept us longing for a follow up over these past few years. Thankfully with My Life Could Use A Remix, that wait is over and we were quick to dive into this brand new 12 track collection when the record landed in our inbox recently.

The new record sees Delila dabbling in familiar hook-heavy territory. The distinctive vocals are back and their delivery is every bit as skilful and transcendent as they were on her debut, albeit with a heightened sense of maturity and experience snaking its way through this new collection.

We are instantly reminded of Delila’s gorgeous tones as she cracks the lid on the new album with the introductory Thrill 4 You, delivering a sentimental ode to a special someone as the songs backbone is a repetitious piano key being played in the background of the track giving the number a jazz coating.

If I Should Die Tonight is a dance-floor craving track that is just begging for radio-play. The style of the track is very different to what we know of Delila’s previous work and suits the album’s title perfectly, delivering a full-throttle dance hit that delves deep into 80’s synth-pop. The number is very unexpected and I have to admit that there was a raised eyebrow when this one came blasting from my stereo speakers for the first time. Having enjoyed the funk/soul musings of Hooked and assuming the follow up would follow in similar footsteps in terms of style, the track was surprising yet quite nice to hear her transition so well into foreign musical territory. You could definitely here this number on the radio so if mainstream success was one of the results Delila was hoping for with My Life Could Use A Remix, she may have just that on her hands very soon.

Another track making ripples in commercial pop territory is the slow-jam Nothing Hurts. Again, Delila’s signature funk/soul hooks are traded in for a sound that is much more mainstream-aimed than pervious material. In fact, as we make our way through the new album we realise very quickly that a change in direction is painted throughout the collection from start to end.

What Did I Do is a powerful ballad that showcases Delila’s pitch-perfect vocals as they sour over a catchy melody rich in hooks and sing-a-long moments and could easily rival some of Alicia Keys recent pennings. This is a track that you could easily imagine ruling the airwaves if it is chosen as a single cut for the record. It just has that big commercial sound to it that radiates high rotation radioplay.

Saying this, most of the tracks within this new record boast a quality about them that screams for radioplay. It’s rare for a record to contain so many tracks that could run confidently as radio singles but this album has certainly come prepared in that respect and what’s more, that feeling oozes from these tracks from the very first listen. No need to wait for these new pennings to simmer with repeat plays – they are bang on the buck right from the get go and that is a truly commendable feature about this new record.

My Life Could Use A Remix pulls back slightly on the 60’s Motown charm that was offered in Hooked and in its place is a much more glossy, pop-oriented sound making Delila sound rather un-Delila-ish within many of the tracks on the album. But don’t let that scare you! This new collection shows the same Delila, just from a different angle and the collection showcases a versatile and musically ambitious entertainer that quite clearly can do no wrong. My Life Could Use A Remix is a finely crafted, instrumentally vibrant, lyrically engaging and vocally exquisite sophomore effort that Delila should be very proud to call her own.