In her Eurovision 2015 song “Black Smoke” Ann Sophie sings that “it’s too hard to say three words”. Well I have three words for homegirl about her album Silver Into Gold: less. is. more.
We knew Ann Sophie could do sultry big band from “Black Smoke”. And we knew that she excelled in playful soul from “Jump the Gun”. Unfortunately, country, disco and uninspired filler content based on big band and soul have all been shoehorned into Silver Into Gold. It really undermines Ann Sophie’s immense promise. Can you say “hot mess”?
Technically speaking the album is on point. There’s never a note out of place and the production never sounds dated. That doesn’t mean it all belongs together though. Nashville-sounding cuts “Lie To Me” and “Changing Lights” just don’t fit in the track list. Likewise the album could have done without hollow sassy tracks “See The Light” and “Still That Girl”. Disco splash “I Don’t Know Where I’m Going” captures my main problem with this musical mess.
If you can dismiss the incongruous elements though, there is a satisfyingly cinematic sound here, focused on big band and soulful balladry. Ann Sophie sounds most content and most confident helming songs like “Have You Ever” and “Get Over Yourself”. Vulnerable emotive ballads “I Believed” and “I Think It’s A Love Song” made me tingle.
The more divergent genres perhaps reflect a desire to appeal to all markets but box-ticking shouldn’t define an album. Sadly it does here. The result is an album divided into brilliance and blah.