Single Review: Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Unrequited

Sophie Ellis Bextor Familia


Sophie Ellis-Bextor drops second track taken from upcoming album
We only have to wait one week more until we can listen to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s new album Familia on the 2nd of September. She has been kind enough to make that one week even easier with releasing the new song ‘Unrequited’. The British pop star returned last month with the addictive disco inspired single ‘Come With Us’. Fans who hoped that Sophie would pick up her more uptempo dance, pop and disco sound completely again, should not get their hopes up, because this second song is an emotional, strings driven midtempo ballad.

After four records full of upbeat electronic pop, Sophie Ellis-Bextor changed her path in 2014 with the release of the folk inspired singer-songwriter pop record Wanderlust. Familia is expected to follow suit and the beautiful ‘Unrequited’ shows this off already. It’s a wonderful track based on piano, guitar, subtle drums and a whole lot of strings in the soaring chorus. Sophie’s vocals sound fragile and full of emotion when she sings: “nothing hurts as much, nothing hurts like love unrequited. But it’s such a vivid love in my mind, I can’t let it die.” It all turns into a dialogue when Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws comes in to deliver the middle-eight. The midtempo track has some hints of latin music in its rhythm, which is not surprising as Sophie explained her trip to Latin America as well as producer Ed Harcourt’s holiday there, inspired the record. I can’t wait to hear more!

You can listen to ‘Unrequited’ on Apple Music.

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