Review: Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Make a scene

Almost four years after releasing her last studio album, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back with a new album Make A Scene. Good news for those who know how enjoyable Sophie’s music can be when she’s on point.
With this in mind, Make A Scene is an album that could have been something really special. Although there are few low points there are a number of songs which are more filler than killer. Songs like “Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)”, “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Dial My Number” do not add anything valuable to what Make A Scene has to offer.

“Revolution” should not even be on the album let alone be the song that is first heard by listeners. The song is flat and cannot compare to songs such as “Synchronized” and “Under Your Touch”. On “Homewrecker” Sophie sounds a little too jolly considering the lyrics and the subject matter of the song. An extramarital affair is not the type of thing that you’d want to hear about on a night out and dance about. With a slower tempo, this song would be more of an enjoyable listen.

Sophie’s new single “Starlight”, is head and shoulders above the rest of the songs on the album. Even though Make A Scene makes a shaky start with “Revolution”, it improves as you progress through the track list and finishes on a high note. “Cut Straight To The Heart” another of the album’s highlights leaves the question: how much better would Make A Scene be, had its producers (Ed Harcourt, Dimitri Tikovoi) produced more than just one song on the album?

Make A Scene has its moments and there are quite a few, unfortunately almost half of the album is made up of filler or bad songs. Something that could have been avoided had Sophie followed Kelis’s lead and kept to a short track list.

“Off & On”
“Cut Straight To The Heart”

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s new album Make A Scene is released on 13th June and can be Pre-Ordered on the links below: