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Kimbra - The Golden Echo Album Review

25 Aug 2014 // A review by Andrew Smit

I have been listening, not watching video’s or reading interviews, just listening, and enjoying very much Kimbra's new album The Golden Echo, it's a broad aural explosion, so bear with me as I rundown my impressions of each track.

Track 1. Teen Heart, opens with its steady beat blending nicely with a suave synth and vocal harmony, and then we hear the gorgeous Kimbra, and you instantly feel fortunate for the sound of her voice. Her sound is so tempting you feel the silky clarity of her vocals and all else becomes secondary. The peaceful verses are dramatically uplifted with a theatrical chorus, a popular formula for most of the album.

Track 2. 90’s Music, the surprising first track to get thrown into to publicity machine with a glittery video, I guess they were looking to show a different side of the album, whereas the rest of the album has a more RnB musical character and strength. 90’s Music has an industrious techno rhythm but it’s not a dancing tune, we are however lifted from its tribal chants with a gloriously uplifting and harmonious chorus.

Track 3. Carolina, is my personal favourite, it’s broad and bright, a multi-layered composition with soaring harmonies and a wonderful African “the lion sleep tonight”  style backing vocal humming.

Track 4. Gold Mine, like 90’s music has an industrial techno beat, but with a more subtle vocal melody in its verses and the group sung chorus is salient.

Track 5. Miracle, is a disco inspired highlight, a very danceable funky bass and drum riff with cool keys and a hip dance jive, a joyous sound.

Track 6. Rescue Him, a tempered track with delicate synth beats, it builds nicely with abundant vocal styles.

Track 7. Mad House, very funky, full of great synth and a driving beat that keeps it energetically driving on its hip journey.

Track 8. Be Everlovin Ya, (feat Bilal), a unique harpsichord intro leads to a foreboding Prince sounding song with chilling strings and grinding bass synth fills, the vocal pairing with Bilal is a great blend.

Track 9. As You Are,cool piano and strings compliment this silky symphonic ballad, with lavishly layered vocal harmonies competing and complementing the string arrangements.

Track 10. Love in High Places, a another wonderful vocal work from Kimbra, an atmospheric journey with some very funky surges of bass and synth.

Track 11. Nobody but you, is an uplifting up-tempo tune with sweet harmonies and a great funky chorus, which constructs to an extra funky finish.

Track 12. Waltz me to the grave, a brilliant Kimbra tune with expansive soulful vocals, the rhythm challenges and changes until it builds and marches you military style to be released to its soft distant atmospheric end.

In summary The Golden Echo is more than worthy of your ears, and will be reverberating repeatedly on my devices.
The Golden Echo
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About Kimbra

Passionate about mixing an array of genres and sounds into one with a soulful voice and twist to the average singer/songwriter. With anthem-like songs advised and emphasised with quirky jazz chords, Kimbra's music steps outside the square of the four chord cliché but still mantains strong hooks and catchy melodies that are sometimes unpredictable but satisfying. With such ecclectic influences vocally and musically, Kimbras' music adopts a fresh unique taste to acoustic music.

Having already received two NZ On Air grants and Second place in the Smokefree Rockquest 2004 along with Best Vocals and Womens Musicianship, music got its A into G from there. After 3 consecutive years in Rockquest (two of which were at the National Finals and gaining over $7000 in total from the generous competition) Kimbra created a slick live performance which was priceless along with many lifelong friendships. Grateful to Rockquest, live performance has been Kimbra's aid and footstep into success with music. The competition trained her to perform with the state of mind like that of a band and attempt to provide rhythm, melody and the dynamics of a full band that separates her performance from other solo artists.

Kimbras' first single was recorded at the infamous York St Studios with Welsh producer Greg Haver (who has worked with artists/ bands all over the world, including Manic Street Preachers, Lost Prophets, Carly Binding, 48May, Falter and The Checks). Deep For You was then funded for a Video which gained play on nationwide radio and C4.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Kimbra

Releases

Primal Heart
Year: 2018
Type: Album
The Golden Echo
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Vows
Year: 2011
Type: Album

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