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Album Review

Apparently Canada is full of spunky teenage girls with kicky names and brash fashion sense, ready and waiting to trick out their diary entries with professional mixing and the ragged ring of loud guitars. They'll then take the tapes to our shared border, amassing there under spangled denim signal flags, and their ensuing invasion will lighten our dreary lives with catchy tales of skipping school and kissing cuties. Unlike her predecessors, Toronto's Skye Sweetnam isn't here to bitch. She secures the complicated conch Fefe Dobson so briefly held with 13 songs about one thing, which is nicely summarized in the utterly inescapable hook to "Billy S." "Feel for once what it's like to rebel now," she says, and chases it with a 21st century twist on the Bard's phrasing: "To skip or not to skip/That is the question." Noise from the Basement doesn't dwell on weighty emotions, or prop its centerpiece up in entirely unrealistically sexy situations. It's not even down with being bratty, though that style's here like magic-marker doodles on the knees of Sweetnam's jeans. No. Instead of playing rebel, this one wants a widescreen teen movie rewrite of 21st century real life. She and her people (principally a producer/writer/performer fellow named James Robertson) have rewritten the adolescent experience as a feel-good personal power trip, and set it blatantly to a tingly power-chord soundtrack mixed by shop teacher to the stars Tom Lord-Alge. Amazingly, this makes Basement purer than most of these popternative releases, for it fakes neither its immaturity nor its intent to make the notion rock. "You and your friends are dense/You don't make any sense," "It's so frustrating/You're not the type that I should be dating" — the lines are pulled straight from Sweetnam's text message box, cleaned up with Pro Tools and auto-tuning, and promptly matched to gargantuan sugar-rock guitars. Done, done, and done. Add an opportunistic, soundtrack-ready cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass," fill out Robertson and Sweetnam's songs with a few professionally crafted rockers in the theme of the album (opener "Number One" is gender-opposite, just-as-cocky Sum 41), and suddenly Amanda Bynes is signing on to star. And that's Noise from the Basement. It remixes every impulse and daydream from the eighth through the 12th grades; it's what youth would sound like if every teenager had a production team.

Customer Reviews

BEST ALBUM EVER

I can honestly say this album is the only album I've ever listened to that I've loved every single song on it. They're all stuck in my head! Skye Sweetnam is (or was) one of the few female rock artists that wrote songs that were not only catchy, but also meaningnful, expressed her true personality, and showcased her raw talent. Although some people might listen to this and say she sounds bratty, that's really not true. For example, if you listen to her song Billy S, it might sound like she's being ungrateful because she's rebelling against school. Technically, though, she's rebelling against Shakespeare, not school. (And let's be honest, not many careers require you to know about Shakespeare anyways.)

In another song of hers, Hypocrite, Skye says that she can sometimes be a teacher's pet. This might seem weird after listening to Billy S, but if you listen to Hypocrite's lyrics you'll see that Skye is constantly changing her mind about things. She says, and i quote, "Don't try to label me hypocrite, cause I will do what I want to." Some people might think this makes her a hypocrite, but it really doesn't. At the time she wrote that song, Skye was a growing teenage girl. As people grow, mature, and learn new things they tend to change their mind a lot. This is especially true with teenagers.

The main thing I like about Skye Sweetnam is that her songs aren't all just sappy love songs or breakup songs. Sure, she has a few breakup songs, but most of the songs on her album are about her personality and not just about relationships.

Bottom line, Skye Sweetnam is a great singer; (and she plays guitar too!) and since her album never skyrocketed like it should have, not many people know who she is. I know she made a second album, Sound Soldier, but it's not on iTunes and I've never been able to find it in stores. I think she made a third solo album. However, if she did, I have no idea what it's called. Anyways, since her album wasn't popular and her songs were never played on the radio, Skye Sweetnam never got the credit she deserved. I understand that she is in a heavy metal band now, called Sumo Cyco; and their actually really good. (Her stage name is Sever).

Nevertheless, Skye Sweetnam is still crazy talented- even without Sumo Cyco. I know no one's probably ever gonna read this review; and I know that it's the first one here, and it's really freakin long- but Skye Sweetnam is INSANELY talented.

So if you're into Pop, Rock, or Alternative genres of music, then I suggest you check Skye Sweetnam out. I've been listening to her ever since I was a little kid, and her music really speaks to me- I hope it speaks to you too.

Love it! (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

Skye Sweetnam is an awesome artist with a good personality!( It shows through her lyrics & music videos) I can actually relate to all of the songs from this album.

Biography

Born: May 5, 1988 in Bolton, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Skye Sweetnam grew up in the tiny Toronto suburb of Bolton, where she studied singing and dancing from a young age. By her early teens she'd moved on to songwriting, and recorded a demo with the help of a local Bolton music school. A combination of luck and marketability brought the demo to the attention of Canadian label execs, who hooked Sweetnam up with a local producer and instrumentalist named James Robertson. Together, Robertson and Sweetnam hammered out the structure of what would become Noise...
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