Shapiro, Sally / Sad Cities
Album: Sad Cities   Collection:General
Artist:Shapiro, Sally   Added:Jul 2022
Label:Italians Do It Better  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2022-08-21 Pull Date: 2022-10-23
Week Ending: Oct 23 Oct 16 Oct 9 Oct 2 Sep 25 Sep 18 Sep 11 Sep 4
Airplays: 1 3 2 2 1 3 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 28, 2022: Run-Away Radio
Million Ways, Falling Clouds
4. Dec 20, 2022: I Like to Dance: Shake Off Your Pants
Fading Away
2. Dec 27, 2022: I Like to Dance: Shake Off Your Pants
5. Dec 14, 2022: Run-Away Radio
Million Ways, Why Did I Say Goodbye (Feat. Tommy '86)
3. Dec 21, 2022: Run-Away Radio
Million Ways, Falling Clouds
6. Dec 13, 2022: I Like to Dance: Shake Off Your Pants
Why Did I Say Goodbye (Feat. Tommy '86)

Album Review
Reviewed 2022-08-04
Comeback album (!) from Sally Shapiro, italo disco/snythpop darling of the late 2000’s blog scene. Her first full length in over 10 years finds her even more melodic, romantic, and shyer than ever (she refuses to record with others in the room, and has never performed a live show). Her songwriting has matured, but still retains a lot of the youthful longing that characterized her early work. This album also sees her collaborating with other artists for the first time—Electric Youth, Highway Superstar, and French phenom Tommy ‘86 all join in on the fun.

RIYL: Annie, Glass Candy, Cloetta Paris, Chromatics, Junior Boys
TRY 2, 6, 8, 12, 10

(1.) (4:51) Slow-building heartbreak ballad over 80’s synth
(2.) (4:16) Upbeat retrosynth with gorgeous melodies
(3.) (5:55) Slow, longing with a gentle beat and a bit of saxophone, giving a cool crisp 70’s studio feel
(4.) (4:23) Skippy beat with a lush bed of strings and breathy vocals
(5.) (4:28) Minimalist, dreamy, and romantic
(6.) (4:11) Top-notch synthpop with soaring melodies and lush crescendos
(7.) (4:34) Midtempo with sparse echoey vocals and twinkly keyboard. 80’s prom vibes
(8.) (5:55) Old school house with big rolling pianos
(9.) (6:24) Roland synthesizer and a mysterious late-night synth atmosphere
(10.) (4:56) Slow-building angelic atmosphere, with a shadowy intro and a big crescendo with lush vocals and harp/keyboard
(11.) (7:05) Long disco track with cool flourishes
(12.) (5:04) Sleek and polished with a flashy Madonna-like sound
(13.) (3:51) Lovesick synthpop ballad with a very catchy chorus
(14.) (6:26) Pulsing dancefloor number with a big-time synthpop bassline

Track Listing
1. Forget About You   8. Million Ways
2. Believe in Me   9. Tell Me How (Feat. Tommy '86)
3. Down This Road (Feat. Highway Superstar)   10. Christmas Escape
4. Sad City   11. Fading Away
5. Dulcinea   12. Holiday
6. Falling Clouds   13. If You Ever Want to Change Your Mind
7. Love In Slow Motion (Feat. Electric Youth)   14. Why Did I Say Goodbye (Feat. Tommy '86)