Kimbra - Vows (Music CD)

Release Date: 23 July 2012
Artist: Kimbra
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Echoing the experimental nature of recent collaborator Gotye, whose number one single "Somebody That I Used to Know" she stole the show on, New Zealand songstress Kimbra's debut album, Vows, is a schizophrenic affair that is almost impossible to pigeonhole. Effortlessly flitting from bubblegum pop starlet on the playful old-skool beats and '60s doo wop vocals of "Cameo Lover," to smoky chanteuse on the Sade-esque cocktail lounge jazz-soul of "Withdraw," to avant-garde banshee on the melancholic music box-inspired closer, "The Build Up," Kimbra's chameleon-like tendencies ensure that predictability is certainly never an issue on any one of its 12 genre-hopping tracks. Occasionally, this "cover all bases" approach lacks focus, particularly on "Limbo," whose scattering percussion and a cappella vocal loops evoke an aimless improvised jam session, and "Wandering Limbs," an electro-soul duet with newcomer Sam Lawrence that creates an intriguingly woozy atmosphere but forgets to provide any notable melodies. But for the most part, Kimbra's invention is a marvel to behold, as her enchanting and swooping jazz-pop tones glide across a veritable feast of sounds, from the flirtatious '80s synths and funky slap-bass of Prince pastiche "Call Me," to the hypnotic double basslines and '30s show tune harmonies of "Good Intent," to the plinky piano hooks and rhythmic R&B grooves of opener "Settle Down," while a beautifully gothic take on "Plain Gold Ring" is one of the rare instances of a Nina Simone cover matching the original. It will be interesting to see if she decides to pursue a more streamlined direction in the future, but by threading its widely eclectic range of influences together in such an impressively cohesive manner, Vows suggests she might never need to. ~ Jon O'Brien
Release Date: 23 July 2012
Artist: Kimbra
  • 1. Settle Down
  • 2. Something in the Way You Are
  • 3. Cameo Lover
  • 4. Two Way Street
  • 5. Old Flame
  • 6. Good Intent
  • 7. Plain Gold Ring
  • 8. Come into My Head
  • 9. Sally I Can See You
  • 10. Posse
  • 11. Home
  • 12. The Build Up
  • 13. Warrior

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