Kimbra
Vows


4.5
superb

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2011 | 126 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kimbra has settled down.

Kimbra is a star on the rise and her debut LP, Vows proves this disposition. Placing herself into cameos with Miami Horror and the-shall-not-be-named Gotye single, Kimbra’s name was propelled worldwide, giving her the perfect launching pad to unleash her own musical styling’s on the public, and Vows is an album filled with mixed genre glossy pop, whimsical soul and fulfilling jazz renditions that shows Kimbra’s own writing is something to behold.

A strong juxtaposition in musical style is what makes Vows so listenable, giving the listener so many straws to clutch at. An example of this is the glorious cover of Nina Simone’s ‘Plain Gold Rings’, focussing on Kimbra’s self harmonization and empathetic vocals, while ‘Call Me’ is a huge jazz/soul tune that becomes bigger and better as it goes on. The cohesion of Vows is also magnificent, with so much difference in her styling’s, Kimbra is able to tie everything together, and piece the differences together to make a cohesive and spectacular flow from the thickly layered vocals of ‘Withdraw’ to the silky husk 90’s pop of ‘Old Flame’. Song writing brilliance is evident in her melodies, as they linger and tease you as the listener as the hooks are used sparingly, giving the listener a glow when they come around.

Lyrically, Kimbra entices and is straight forth in her narrative;
This is nonstop baby,
You've got me going crazy,
You're heavier than I knew
But I don't want no other,
You're my cameo love,
Only here for a moment or two”


Lead singles, ‘Settle Down’ is a valiant trip through dream pop vocals and glorious soulful instrumental, while ‘Cameo Lover’ is pure pop joy with cheery hooks and high sing-a-long value. This is a credit to the production of the album, with an eminenent showing of produces in M-Phases and Francoise Tetaz, the indie/rock and R’n’B knowledge is support with fantastic understand of jazz and orchestral musicality, giving Vows it’s full punch.

At a young age of 21, Kimbra has been able to establish herself with a glorious album in Vows. No doubt, being able to produce quality pop music without falling for the club themed anthems that seem to be the headline of most top 40 countdowns, Kimbra has proven that musicality and quality production can outshine any of the sausage factory products that see’s much airplay these days. Vows is encompassing and willing and shows that Gotye was somebody that Kimbra used to know.



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Douglas
December 22nd 2011


9104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry about that last pun, couldn't help myself.

Cannot wait to see her at Falls this year, will be fantastic.
She is also magnifcently stunning!

[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H7E1GxaSAco/TqCJfHtRERI/AAAAAAAAAlA/8XoGkzJD2T8/s640/kimbra1.jpg [/img]

linkjerk
December 22nd 2011


311 Comments


the image looks like Marilyn Manson with a wig

Chrisjon89
December 22nd 2011


3637 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. Pretty great album too.

Douglas
December 22nd 2011


9104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Chris, album is swell...

Really linkjerk?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011


31168 Comments


Big ups for the tron

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

Douglas
December 22nd 2011


9104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NZ represent.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011


31168 Comments


This is a kiwi thread now, where we talk about kiwi things

You know I can't eat your ghost chips

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
December 22nd 2011


1477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stop internalising such complicated situations, Deviant.

Douglas
December 22nd 2011


9104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

spoon

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011


31168 Comments


Space head

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
December 22nd 2011


1477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

puzzle time

WhiteNoise
December 22nd 2011


3149 Comments


Nice review man. She's sure is starting to blow up over here.

Tyrael
December 22nd 2011


20876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Somebody that I used to know is so bad

luckily this album shits all over that song and Gotye's last offering as a whole

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

bloc
December 22nd 2011


34853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I looove the song she does with Miami Horror and she has a great voice. Gonna check this out.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

zxlkho
December 22nd 2011


3463 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fucking love this album.

WashboardSuds
December 22nd 2011


5010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for reviewing this, I was getting eager for one

album is excellent

Digging: Gas - Nah und Fern

Douglas
December 22nd 2011


9104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys.

That's a bit harsh Tyrae, I think Gotye's latest is swell!

Deviant, us Aussies need less death and more ghost chips in our drink driving ads!

AutoRock
December 22nd 2011


416 Comments


Not aaas good as Gotyes album(though their crossover sucked balls) but still top twenty of the year. Love is a two way street is great.

Douglas
December 23rd 2011


9104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, for me this is better than Gotye. Somebody That I Used to Know is still great though.

Douglas
December 25th 2011


9104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bloc rates this, therefore it is awesome



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