It's the sadder moments in life that we remember more. At the same time, it's those moments in life that make us who we are. Soccer Mommy comes to terms with her sad memories in Clean, using indie tones to maker her stories come to life.
The honesty of Clean is what makes it the strongest. Sophie Allison really does come clean here, not holding anything back. Opening track 'Still Clean' brings sad and rejected vibes to start the album off, being brutally honest about her own feelings. Allison doesn't stray from the facts, admitting her struggles with abusive relationships in 'Your Dog' with its great groove. 'Skin' grows and swells, as Allison delves deeper into the feelings she just can't shake.
Rawness is perhaps the most important part of Clean. Closing track 'Wildflowers' ends the album very intimately, Allison getting in touch with her dreams for the future and some she had in the past. It's that very hope that makes the album even more tragic, coming after all of the pain and reality of the rest of the record. Some songs aren't necessarily angry, like 'Blossom (Wasting All My Time)' which is a patient ballad about waiting for the right person to come. Clean is largely an album about the past. It's about growth and moving, and at the same time how that holds us back.
Soccer Mommy comes to terms with sad memories in Clean, seeing Sophie Allison come to terms with her darkest memories and releasing them to try and move ahead. It's not easy to move on, but that's the way of life. We have to let go of what brings us down and figure out how to use them to make us go forward.
Favorite Tracks: Blossom (Wasting All My Time), Your Dog, Still Clean
Least Favorite Track: Last Girl
Rating: 78 / 100
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