Bottom of the Ocean is a high-energy track that has the proper blend of punk, rock, and pop. This means that fans of Avril Lavighne, The Distillers, Pink, and Kelly Clarkson will be able to appreciate what Scalies is doing here. For those listeners that appreciate the instrumental side of things, the overall production allows an impressive arrangement to push the track to the next level. Small Talk Friends begins with a straight-forward punk/rock hybrid that is reminiscent of Social Distortion and Sponge. The quick tempo of Scalies’ vocals combine with the guitars and drums to keep listeners firmly at the edges of their seats. More Than Words recalls the days of The Donnas and Bif Naked, providing just enough edge to keep things current and the overall demeanor of the disc bouncy.
What I Should’ve Said is a track that transcends style and genres; listeners will be treated to some of the most honest and passionate music that they have heard. Little more is needed on this cut than Amanda’s vocals, guitars, and drums. While there are hints of country that play at the periphery, listeners can feel influences of Lost in Blackouts and Fifteen.
Scalies’ cover of My Chemical Romance’s Welcome to the Black Parade infuses it with life and vibrancy; it is her devotion and music that allows her to take the song and make it her own. I Should’ve Known is a solid album from beginning to end, and showcases a performer in Scalies that will surely be the toast of the town in the next few years. Scalies’ latest would be a great stocking stuffer for any fan of strong female music, punk music, or catchy, harder-edged pop.
Top Tracks: Bottom of the Ocean, What I Should’ve Said
Amelia Scalies I Should’ve Known CD Review