Wednesday 17 December 2014

Albums of the Year 2014 #6 Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Wanderlust

From Breaking More Waves, May 2014:

“You know all those end of year album lists? We wonder when most people start thinking about them? If you’re anything like us (and frankly we hope you’re not) then you started in January. And one of those early contenders that we suspect come December will still be in the running for a place on the list is Sophie Ellis Bextor’s Wanderlust.

From Breaking More Waves, August 2014:

“Sophie’s 2014 Ed Harcourt produced album Wanderlust is the finest work of her career – an accomplished and mature record that takes in Eastern European folk, fairytale and mid-life crisis reference points and wraps them up into a captivating and enchanting listen. We suspect it will find a place on our end of year favourite album list.”


No surprises here then. Forget everything you knew about the disco-dolly-chart-topping Sophie Ellis-Bextor.  If Wanderlust is Sophie’s approaching middle-age pop album, then middle age suits her very well indeed. Beautifully sung with impeccably written songs, you get a real sense that this is the album Sophie Ellis-Bextor really wanted make for herself rather than any pop success. Ironically by doing so Wanderlust became Sophie Ellis Bextor’s highest charting album (top 5) since her solo debut Read My Lips, and deservedly so.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Runaway Dreamer (Video)

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