Album – Her Majesty – Sophia Ramos

Posted by admin on June 9th, 2006

There’s women in rock and then there’s Sophia Ramos. Setting the stage with a taste of what’s to come, the album opens with “Black Madonna” a wicked, guitar laden, smokey voiced, rollercoaster of a track and so begins the Ramos invasion.

Upon doing some research I found Sophia has quite a presence on the Internet, having been reviewed and mentioned in many, many sites. It’s not hard to understand why, once you succumb to the album and give it a good listen

What’s immediately noticeable, is Sophia’s harder, rockier voice. This is certainly no Britney Spears clone, with musical influences shining through like Led Zepplin and Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders, especially vocally. Sophia also has an impressive list of artists she’s collaborated with, including Paul Simon, Michelle Shocked, Billy Bragg and Joey Ramone.

First surfacing in 2005 this album has been around for a while, but like many artists, finds a renewed interest via podcasts and the public hunger for good independent music. A sating that hunger Sophia does very well.

There’s 10 tracks on the album, and that Ramos vibe prevails throughout. I’ve got a few favorite tracks and they funnily enough are rooted firmly in the more mellow side of the album. Those tracks are “What Do I Know”, “Jon’s Song” and “Stay Here With You”, where the comparisons to Chrissie Hynde are hard to ignore.

Conclusion : The more I listen to this album, the more I hear Led Zepplin. Whether you are a fan of Zepplin or not, there’s no denying this is album that’s something special. Another excuse to find “11” on the volume dial.

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