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Soft Pink Underbelly

by Sophie Raymond

Warm acoustic instrumentation with mature and painterly lyrics delivered by Sophie's soulful and capitivating vocals.
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Most Complete Face
5:02 album only
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2. Ode to Lamarr
5:23 album only
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3. Missing Thoughts
5:09 album only
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4. Guru Mel
3:45 album only
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5. Hot Tubbin'
3:26 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Soft Pink Underbelly, released in OZ 2000, is the first official solo recording of Sophie Raymond. Prior to, her band "Aubergine", dominated Sophie’s musical talents through the early nineties.

This collection of songs were written off the back of Sophie’s travels through Asia, Europe, the UK and the USA, performing solo, and taking in the world. The CD was recorded as a reunion with her musical muse after a years study completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Animation and Interactive Media, where she developed complimentary skills in digital sound recording and soundtrack composition and sound design.

For more bio info go to "About to Burst": www.cdbaby.com/cd/sophie

REVIEW: Soft Pink Underbelly
"..sheer warmth and lovingness that pours into your ears."

For someone to release an EP that exposes every inch of you to the world is gutsy indeed. Taking into consideration, Sophie Raymond is one courageous woman who isn't afraid to bear herself, good or bad, through the medium of music. The end result is a frank and honest release aptly titled, Soft Pink Underbelly.
Raymond entices you to accompany her on a personal journey by opening with Most Complete Face. It is a song about a road trip filled with an abundance of lyrical metaphors just to keep your mind ticking. I really wish I had the space to print the wonderful lines I found in this track, and all the others. As mature and as riddle filled her lyrics may be, they do what they are intended, and that is to paint a picture.
Ode To Lamarr is an ode to her grandmother and the words Raymond has chosen to describe her and the way she sings them, immediately gives you a mental picture of exactly what her grandmother looks like. And it really is easy to tell that Raymond is singing these songs about people who are dear to her just by the sheer warmth and lovingness that pour into your ears.
Missing Thoughts is about the pain and anguish felt by one separated by their loved one. All the songs are accompanied by Raymond's acoustic guitar expertise. But the closing song, Hot Tubbin' sees Raymond stripped from her safe haven and allowing other sounds to penetrate the airwaves. Her voice is as mature as her lyrics. That is why I was so suprised by the first track. Judging by the photo in the cover sleeve, Raymond is quite youthful in years, and that is what I expected in this EP. But did I receive a rude awakening! This just proves your should never judge a CD by its cover.

Rip it Up magazine, Adelaide.
Penni Pappas
April 2000

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Inpress Magazine, Melbourne, Feb 2000 Shane O' Donohue

"warm and instantly apealing variety"
Formerly of the band Aubergine (that's eggplant, y'know), Sophie Raymond has a very nifty EP on her hands in the shape of Soft Pink Underbelly. An animator, actor and musician, Raymond's acoustic tunes (co produced by Jen Anderson) are of a warm and instantly appealling variety, with lyrical depth that's not entirely unexpected in this kind of music. All of which are wonderfully under cut by the juicy Hot Tubbin': recorded with full Aubergine backing. You can catch Raymond hostying an animation music fair tonight ( March 8th) at the Dan O'Connell.
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Revolver Magazine, Sydney, Feb 2001. Craig New

"EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND"
There's always a moment of hesitation just before the first track of a new acoustic "folksy" CD coelesces into sound and dives head first into your ears, for better or worse. This is because whilst a beautiful sounding voice can send shivers down the spine, a voice that doesn't stack up to the standards can react in an altogether unpleasant opposition. This moment just before Melbourne songwriter Sophie Raymond's EP Soft Pink Underbelly starts is thankfully concluded with a happy ending. The shivers sets in and all is grand with the world.
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