By: Ben Zorich
3 1/2 Stars
A refreshing alternative from a modern musical world dominated by electronic compositions, Sofie Reed manages to step back in time and achieve the same level of energy, rhythm, and uniqueness that any synthesized note can provide. Playing a dulcimer, an instrument of the early 19th century, Sofie blends the slow, resonating tone of the strings with her warm and emotionally captivating voice. The album starts off upbeat, and in the second song “Leaving This Morning” the truly soulful elements of Sofie’s songwriting begin to shine through. Even in slower songs like “Simplicity Chased Trouble Away” she keeps the passion alive, allowing her to move seamlessly from track to track and create a rich variety of sounds throughout them all. Though the songs she closes with are not originals, her adaption of the blues classics “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen” and “Bye Bye Bird” really showcase her ability to put her own distinctive touch on any song. An invigorating balance of sounds, Simplicity Chased Trouble Away provides an undeniably enjoyable listening experience for anyone willing to be affected by the music.