Sofia Talvik | Big Sky Country (Caroline/Universal)

While Talvik’s voice doesn’t really stand out from the crowd, it is not unpleasant to listen to

 

Sofia Talvik does not have a great voice, but I like country music because of the stories it tells, and her album does just that.

Like most country music, Big Sky Country requires you to really listen to the lyrics to know what each song is about. There aren’t Top 40 pop songs that are going to get the chorus stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Talvik has some very powerful lyrics on this album. “If only you would feel it, all that beauty surrounding you, still you wish you were dead,” she croons in “Lullaby.” On another track, “A Matter of the Hearts” Talvik sings “and the hail beats like a whip until my skin is raw, I deserve it ‘cause I let you go.”

These lyrics clearly come from a place of deep pain, and I appreciate Talvik sharing her story and inner thoughts with the world.

The music is simple, with a single guitar as the main accompaniment on most tracks.

This is not to say that she’s a bad singer by any means, but her voice lacks power. The skill is average, although I think the potential is there. Her voice is very soft and soothing—something I could fall asleep to. It’s also nice to sing along with because there are no vocal gymnastics to keep up with.

Big Sky Country is worth listening to, but be forewarned that the songs are not upbeat—they are meant to evoke thought and reflection. While Talvik’s voice doesn’t really stand out from the crowd, it is not unpleasant to listen to.  B- | Samantha LaBat

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