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Album Review

Two years after her strong second-place finish, Theresa Sokyrka, potentially the most-famous Canadian Idol runner-up ever, launched her second album, Something Is Expected. After releasing her first CD, These Old Charms, barely a year before, frankly, nothing was "expected" from the folksy songstress. Sokyrka's first album was a mediocre collection of drums and folk strings blended with tepid covers. On Something Is Expected, Sokyrka serves a collection of new works, no covers to be had. Perhaps this is the first nice change: Sokyrka is a strong songwriter, whose sugary, raspy vocals help to bring her musical gems to great heights. However, where on the first album she relied on little musical assistance, on the second, she permits herself to fall under the influence of some of the big voices of singers whom she's idolized throughout the years, such as Sarah McLachlan and Jann Arden. Thus, the album is much more accessible to a wider audience; the music isn't as limiting as Sokyrka's first attempt at recording. This isn't a copycat album, but almost a modern adaptation to the classics that Sokyrka has idolized. Overall, the collection is a strong reflection of not only Sokyrka's songwriting skills (she wrote 12 of the 13 songs on the album), but of her vocals as well. Here she's synthesized contemporary music while still being indulgent, and the result is an impressive presentation of music from an artist whose limelight was assumed to have burnt out a long time ago. She's still going strong.

Customer Reviews

Theresa learns some blues

This new CD has grabbed me right away. Even previewing it in iTunes I was immediately attracted to the production. There were a couple of songs that seemed a bit excessive, but most of them had a great deal of space in the arrangements and production and performances, and this is what is needed for her to come through properly. She is genuine, and that has always come across, but the cheery optimism of the previous recording is dynamically extended with some real, I believe, pain and disappointment. As a result, there is a seductive quality to the recording. That might seem strange to say, but pain and sadness, along with joy and desire in music, in any recording, is necessary, I think, for any listener to form a profound attachment to it. I think that it’s a lovely record. I’ve only heard it once and it stays with me. That’s a sign of something great to me.

Something Was Expected...And It Delivered

After watching Theresa on Canadian Idol, I have always expected great things from her. With her first CD she delivered and this CD is even better. It is alot more original and seems to have real meaning. Between the two CDs Theresa has matured greatly and this is reflected in the new CD. The album seems to be quite laid back and very catchy. I Love it!

Something Is Delivered

This album is a very nice listen. I was a bit skeptical about purchasing this album at first, but the previews compelled me to investigate further. Theresa definitely delivers a mature, unique performance on this album. Way to go!

Something Is Expected, Theresa Sokyrka
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Aug 29, 2006

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