Most artists that sell out do so in their later albums, well, at least not their first ones. However, Stacy Clark’s “sell out” stage is behind her, as she has moved on from the overproduction of Apples and Oranges and has now independently produced Connect the Dots, her inspirational sophomore album. Connect the Dots reaches to the root of indie folk music, incorporating real instruments, raw vocals, and personal lyrics to provoke emotion from all senses. It appeals to all audiences and relates to all people on a deeply personal level. Stacy Clark definitely hit the target on this one.
The musicality presented in Connect the Dots is incredible, not due to the complexity and technicality of the instrumentals, but rather to the range of instruments used and the lack of technical editing used. Every instrument is recognizable, and different sounds are blended simply and ingeniously to create each song. There is nothing complicated about it, it is merely an understanding of sound that creates this album. Stacy Clark made a bold decision to go in a different direction than that of Apples and Oranges, but it was for the better. The folk influence suits her much better than the borderline-electro pop sound she was going for previously. Also, her natural, untouched vocals are beautiful. She has a classic voice Her vocals on Connect the Dots show off her range well, while not pushing her vocals too hard. Her talent seems to come so easy, and it’s incredible to hear her voice with hardly any editing.
The most inspiring part of this album is surprisingly not Stacy Clark’s immaculate voice, it is her lyrics. It is not often that a whole album can relate to someone on a deep personal level with every track, but Connect the Dots definitely does it. Stacy Clark lets her audience in by writing about her own experiences with relationships. The album is like a story, going through the ups and downs of friendships and love. The opening track, “Not Enough” discusses her feelings of inadequacy toward a lover, while “Hold On” shows her as a friend, giving advice to “hold on, and be strong, don’t give up.” Stacy even describes depression, drug abuse, and the loss of innocence in “Misery.” Each song on this album is truly emotionally moving and relatable, which is a very difficult and courageous step for an artist to take.
Stacy Clark has made her success out of pure honesty. She is not trying to pull off anything out of her reach or be anything she is not. She merely is herself, and that proves enough in Connect the Dots. She keeps her appeal to her pop-loving audience while dragging in the indie-folk population, expanding her fan base while creating great music. Stacy Clark is what music is supposed to be--honest, personal, and real--and that is what is going to bring her lasting success.