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Photo: Lane Dorsey
Photo: Lane Dorsey

Skye Wallace Arrives in a Great Place on Terribly Good

The Toronto rocker's fourth album serves as an amplified confidence booster for anyone feeling down on themselves.

by Leslie Ken Chu

For nearly a decade, Skye Wallace has blazed across the Canadian music landscape with galloping anthems that burn with passion. On Terribly Good, the Toronto rocker’s fourth album and Six Shooter Records debut, she comes storming in ready to pick a fight with any doubters, including herself. 

Wallace confronts her failures, vowing “I won’t be toothless, and I’ll finally be enough” on “Truth Be Told.” The walloping thunder of “Tooth and Nail” reflects her steely determination to succeed in the face of obstacles, both in and outside her head.

Don’t be fooled by songs like the hammering “Tear a Piece (Bite Me),” or the tour de force “You Left,” though, because Terribly Good has a soft side too. Wallace’s heart longs for companionship on the snarling “Phantom Limb,” but they speak to a general sense of disconnection as well. “Keeper” flickers tenderly with only voice and electric guitar; having lived a nomadic life since childhood (her family frequently moved), she yearns for stability, an anchor to keep her rooted. 

Skye Wallace’s music has always been a travelogue of her search for a sense of home. That search continues on Terribly Good, but at least when it comes to confidence, she’s arrived in a great place.