Skye Sweetnam is a Canadian singer-songwriter who released her second studio album, Sound Soldier, in 2007. The album was a departure from her pop-rock debut, Noise from the Basement, and showcased a more mature and diverse sound. The album featured collaborations with Tim Armstrong of Rancid, Ak'Sent, The Matrix, Soulshock and Karlin, and Dr. Luke. The album was well-received by critics, who praised Sweetnam's vocals, lyrics, and musical experimentation.
However, the album was not a commercial success, and was only released in Canada and Japan. The album's lead single, \"Human\", peaked at number 95 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, and none of the other singles charted. The album also failed to make an impact on the Japanese market, where it reached number 161 on the Oricon International Albums Chart. The album has since become a rare and sought-after item for fans and collectors of Sweetnam's music.
What makes Sound Soldier a rare gem is its unique blend of genres and influences, ranging from pop, rock, punk, electro, hip hop, and dance. The album showcases Sweetnam's versatility as a singer and songwriter, as she explores different themes and emotions. The album also features some of Sweetnam's best songs, such as \"Ghosts\", a haunting duet with Tim Armstrong; \"Scary Love\", a dark and catchy pop-rock anthem; \"Cartoon\", a playful and sarcastic ode to animation; \"Ultra\", a futuristic and upbeat electro-pop track; and \"Babydoll Gone Wrong\", a rebellious and empowering rock song.
Sound Soldier is an album that deserves more recognition and appreciation for its originality and quality. It is a rare gem that showcases Skye Sweetnam's talent and potential as an artist. It is an album that fans of pop-rock music should not miss.
Despite its lack of commercial success, Sound Soldier received positive reviews from critics who appreciated Sweetnam's musical growth and experimentation. AllMusic gave the album four out of five stars and wrote: \"Sweetnam tries hard to have it all ways on Sound Soldier -- a few tracks are reminiscent of her debut, several revamp that template by upping the electronic quotient, and the rest veer radically all over the stylistic map -- and indeed why shouldn't she\" Rate Your Music also praised the album's diversity and uniqueness, calling it \"a unique pop rock album\" that is \"not something I've heard a lot from others in the same genre.\" Amazon.com customers also gave the album favorable ratings, with one reviewer stating: \"This is one of those albums that you can listen to over and over again and never get tired of it. Skye has an amazing voice and her songs are catchy and fun.\"
Sound Soldier is a rare gem that deserves more attention and recognition for its quality and originality. It is an album that showcases Skye Sweetnam's talent and potential as an artist. It is an album that fans of pop-rock music should not miss.