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Soccer Mommy | Clean
According to Liz Itkowski: “Clear-eyed and sincere, Clean contains plenty of youthful earnestness. Lyrically, Sophie Allison is self-aware, keenly attuned to her insecurities. Her world has a pop-punk familiarity, like Blue Album-Weezer and Liz Phair. And while Allison dedicates several lines to wistful jealousy of “other girls,” it’s hard to not think she might be cooler than them already.
Allison recalls a love of Avril Lavigne in a January 2018 interview with The Fader: ‘Under My Skin was the first CD I ever owned. That’s how this person came about.’ There’s a pop-punk backbone to Clean, so it’s easy to imagine the ‘Sk8tr Boi’ singer as a very early favorite of Allison’s. Even against dreamy Deerhoof-style production, Soccer Mommy’s debut is consistently fun, with freshly journaled lyrics on top of charming lo-fi rock.”