Album Review // I Should’ve Known by Amelia Scalies
By Kevin Tshiamala
I thought the Avril Lavigne, Ahslee Simpson, the days of teen punk-pop bands and skater girls were long forgotten in the NOW 10 cassette tapes. Fortunately, the perk of music journalism is consistently being reminded that no, you have not heard it all. Out of left field comes the very talented singer, songwriter, and guitar player Amelia Scalies – yes, Google showed you correctly, she is in the 8th grade – I know…what am I doing listening and now writing about a teen that is not Willow or Jaden Smith? I have not the slightest idea, but we’ll get through it together.
Her debut album titled I Should’ve Known is an interesting alternative-country-indie-twelve song compilation that at times kicks Selena Gomez in the goods while at other moments reminds us that yes, she is in fact in middle school. The debut is 12 songs deep and kicks off with “Bottom of the Ocean” – “Skater Boy” 2.0 – Not a good start, but hang in there. With “Phoenix” Amelia Scalies begins to showcase why she has gotten some praise, how she ended up in my inbox, and why you should listen. Her voice is poignant, but sharp. The lyrics are touching, and the harmony blends well with the guitar chord melody. Here you see why Donavon Frankenreiter stated, “Far and away the best choice to open our Philly Show.”
The body of the album bounces back and forth between genre flashes of Avril and Morissette. But what remains consistent from song to song, are the quality lyrics and glimpses of vocal excellence. Towards the end of the album, she does an interesting cover of a song that I never originally liked, “Welcome to the Black Parade,” by My Chemical Romance. The change in tempo, the ensemble of instruments, her voice, and the production gives it an appeal that the original never managed. The last song on the album, “Don’t Let Them Win,” touches on a topic that has become more prevalent and discussed in mass media, Bullying. The lyrics are heartfelt, empowering and encouraging. The vocals are tearfully soulful due to the added touch of a children choral choir. As Hildalgo states, “it can very well become an anthem for children impacted by bullying.”
We’ve arrived at the end and have come to find a great talent in Amelia Scalies showcased by her debut album I should’ve Known. She has quality lyrics, a talented voice, and a bright future ahead of her. With time she’ll drop out the NOW 35 sound and evolve into what I can only hope to be a major force in the Alternative-indie scene.
For more information on Amelia Scales please visit her official website: http://www.ameliascalies.com/
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