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Sentiment, released on February 18, 2022, is the sophomore album from Said the Sky. The Colorado-based electronic music producer, Trevor Christensen, has built a solid reputation for himself, collaborating with artists such as Illenium and Seven Lions. This album has been long awaited by fans, myself included!

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On January 29, 2022, Trevor posted to his Instagram opening up about the album’s process and its initial inception. He wrote that when his debut album Wide-Eyed released, he would browse Reddit and read comments. One critique in particular stood out: “It’s okay, it didn’t feel like he pushed any boundaries. Feels like another straightforward EDM album”. Trevor internalized this criticism, and used it as motivation as he created Sentiment. Three weeks later, in a candid followup on Instagram, Trevor shared that the whole Sentiment album felt like a risk to him. He worried he would lose fans that were attached to his old, signature electronic-oriented sound, but he also felt reassured that true fans would appreciate his new music. Sentiment can be categorized as pop punk, but I like to call it emo EDM.

I listened to the album the night it dropped, while on a long drive to San Francisco. My initial impression was that the album has a nostalgic, bittersweet feel, and it definitely evoked a lot of emotions in me (I sobbed lol).

The songs that made me cry were Walk Me Home, Emotion Sickness, Forgotten You, Bittersweet Melody, It Was You (personal favorite), and Treading Water.

Go on Then, Love is a nostalgic-sounding track that’s a perfect mix of pop and punk. It’s the kind of song that makes you want to go for a long drive with no destination, put the sunroof down, and feel the wind blowing through your hair.

It Was You is my favorite, because the lyrics resonate with me, and there’s a perfect amount of angst in the instrumental. I interpret this song as an ode to your forever person that you always come back to, no matter how much time has passed.

Treading Water is a story of unwanted insecurities, needing reassurance, and unrequited feelings. Trevor extends the metaphor of love being water, showing that it’s so easy to fall under and lose air (I think the air represents sanity and rationality). This song captures the feeling in a relationship where you start gaining your perspective back and no longer wear rose colored glasses. The instrumental accompanies the lyrics perfectly—a climactic buildup to a satisfying drop.

Emotion Sickness is a playful love song detailing the side effects of love, like butterflies and nausea. The lyrics show the dynamic of love; despite how weak it can leave you, you crave it anyway. The instrumental and vocals on this track are absolutely stunning, 10/10. It’ll have you singing your heart out and head-banging.

Legacy is the song that I sing at the top of my lungs, because the lyrics just hit so damn hard. The song explores the highs and lows of young, clumsy love. This track is more punk than electronic, but it’s very fitting. It’s as if the angst is being translated into music. We Know

Who We Are is an anthem for the misfits and the misunderstood. I find so much comfort in this song, because I was a weird kid growing up, and I know what it’s like to hide my passions/hobbies from fear of judgment. The chorus of the song is a triumphant declaration that we know who we are; we’re cheesy, romantic, odd, imperfect, beautiful creatures.

Holdin’ My Own is a slower song, and the lyrics are so raw and beautiful. Jack Newsome, the vocalist on this track, tells a story of losing love but finding yourself. Losing a love can leave you weathered and jaded, but there’s a silver lining; life still goes on without them.

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I rate this album a solid 4.5/5. Trevor’s creative process and growth as an artist is truly commendable; this album demonstrates his versatility and creativity. He is an amazing storyteller, and he did a fantastic job with the collaborations and features! Sentiment can’t be
a 5 to me, because I feel that most of the songs fall in the middle of a spectrum; I wanted more songs to be on extreme ends of the spectrum: either very ballad-like, very electronic, or very punk. (Dabin, an electronic artist, does an exceptional job covering that entire spectrum.) Nonetheless, I can still cry and head-bang to this album, so I am extremely pleased. Give this album a try! It’s an emotional roller coaster in the best way.


Written By Kat Huang

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