Sophia Ramos' new album Revelator recorded in Austin, Texas and produced in New York City slips directly under your skin injecting the longing and loneliness that seeps from the sidewalks of these two converse music cities REVELATOR grabs you and sucks you into the very presence of everyday life while exposing terminal truths. Sophia bares her Santera soul writing and singing in a renaissance of the uncompromising rock purist that she has always been. The authenticity of her lyrics, compelling performance and refreshing arrangements mesmerize and surprise with hard-edged rock ballads and uncensored rock chants synthesizing a near devotional eerie luminescent vocal range with layered melodies that can feel strangely unsettling and comforting at the same time. Revelator is accessible and refreshing as a classical rock album should be, while harboring codes of revelations that expose multilayered meaning. This is true rock and roll cantata! The setting is contemporary to the composer's own time, and the characters modeled after every day life. The music melts with the soul and listening can be a near-religious experience. Sophia's lyrics cover a lot of ground while counterpoint melodies take them deep into the mood transcending style, society and genre. But then, just as you are settling into the groove the music takes a surprise turn pushing you to the edge. Sophia sings in a league of her own, dueling instruments with intricate vocal escapades uncensored and uncontained. Her powerful facility as a lyricist combined with vocal anthems yield yet another permanent place in the record collection.
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