Karmin
Hello


2.0
poor

Review

by Showscoop USER (1 Reviews)
May 16th, 2012 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pop/hip-hop duo Karmin fail to deliver anything truly memorable on their major label debut, Hello.

This was a release I had high expectations for, but was a fairly huge disappointment. YouTube pop duo Karmin have so much potential. Listen to any number of their popular covers - "Look at Me Now", "Superbass" and "6 Foot 7 Foot" all come to mind - and their sound brims with creativity, reworking popular songs to make them their own. However, their major label debut simply doesn't deliver on all that musical promise.

First of all, with the hype surrounding Karmin's transition into real-life pop stars, I was disappointed with only seven tracks on the debut. Is this just a teaser? For some unknown reason, lead single "Crash Your Party" doesn't show up on the EP. Centered around the strength of current single "Brokenhearted" - which is by all means a great piece of pop confection - the rest of the tracks never really find their groove.

The album opens with a decent rap on "Walking on the Moon", but the song quickly devolves into a forgettable, midtempo snooze with slightly overdone production. There's also the unnecessary "Single Ladies" ripoff "Too Many Fish" and the house-esque wannabe closer "Hello". It's nice to hear Nick take lead vocal on "Coming Up Strong" but the song doesn't have a strong enough melody or hook to be memorable. The only non-single track that hearkens back to Karmin's trademark spunk and sassiness on YouTube is potential next single "I Told You So".

Overall, a disappointing mish-mash of wasted potential. Maybe next time, Karmin.


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thepaintedalice (1.5)
Potential completely misused and butchered....

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Graveyard
May 16th 2012


5817 Comments


it's the new fad

Willie
Moderator
May 16th 2012


16149 Comments


It wasn't terrible. Didn't really know what to expect, though.

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LifeAsAChipmunk
May 16th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Willie, you should review your dig. Spread the word.

GiantSpeck
May 16th 2012


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really enjoy the rapping on "Walking On The Moon" and I absolutely adore "Brokenhearted". The rest of the album is kind of meh, though. And the one song that actually showcases Nick's voice is a real letdown.

Willie
Moderator
May 17th 2012


16149 Comments


@LifeAsAChipmunk: I'm going to, plus I'm doing one better. The site is streaming the whole album starting on Monday.

GiantSpeck
May 17th 2012


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They have the whole album on their Vevo channel, as well.

Willie
Moderator
May 17th 2012


16149 Comments


Who? These guys or Art By Numbers?

GiantSpeck
May 17th 2012


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh shit. Wasn't completely paying attention. These guys. They put up weird lyric videos for all the songs on their album.

JWT155
May 19th 2012


9358 Comments


Brokenhearted is infectious.

glitchmodedotcom
May 23rd 2012


1 Comments


Came across this board after entering “Karmin Fucking Sucks” into Google. I remember when Nsync and the boy bands and Britney Spears types came out and I thought to myself that music could never get any worse…Now these days with acts like Karmin and Florence + The Machine I stand corrected. Britney, Justin Timberlake and others from that era have become true-to-form pop stars and use varied production methods as of recently and use it well to their advantage. Karmin, Florence + The Machine and Drake are by far the absolute most god awful people ever to be given millions of dollars to “perform” pop songs. Karmin is an ugly karoke act. They should have gotten a show on the Disney channel like “The Wiggles” but to me “Fruit Salad (Yummy Yummy) is comparable to Beethoven’s 9th symphony in comparison to “Crash Your Party”. Drake is a half white jew funded canadian teen shitcom star that rips off lil wayne, VERY poorly I might add. Lil Wayne is about as deep as one of those 5 dollar kiddie pools at costco, how fucking pathetic must you be to fail at ripping someone like that off? I write and produce music myself (my passion in life, been doing it for almost 20 years) and listen to countless different types of music and production styles, and nothing is more aurally enjoyable as a well written pop song. In the same vain, nothing makes me want to rake my eardrums out with a blunt rusty object more than these three specific shit festivals known as Florence + The Machine, Drake (how about “Gayke”?) & Karmin. I should stop now because I could write a series of books each individually longer than the bible on how I would rather get scrotum cancer than listen to a millisecond of Florence + The Machine, Karmin and Drake.

TooLateToGoBack
May 25th 2012


1780 Comments


Did you really just call Florence awful? get out.

breakingthefragile
May 29th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Just a heads up, the year is wrong in the release date, should be 2012. It won't let me edit it, so, not that it's important or anything, but just letting you know so you can maybe edit it yourself.

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PistolPete
June 8th 2012


3650 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I actually liked the first song, and "Crash Your Party" had something to it, that's it for me though. Her covers were obvs better.

jessegele
August 19th 2012


1 Comments


First its a duo group, it exsists out of Nick and Amy.


glitchmodedotcom:
I think Amy was at least raised Christian...
She might be Christian...



Steoandnoodles
August 27th 2012


2832 Comments


Wow. Glitchmodedotcom is mad, huh? =/



camaraderie
August 27th 2012


988 Comments


oh, and these guys had such pretty lyric videos too.

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 28th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This is terrible.

Steoandnoodles
August 28th 2012


2832 Comments


Yeah. =/
I think they're capable of writing better music but I think this was one for the fans they received on Youtube.

Cygnatti
October 24th 2012


22308 Comments


this is terrible [2]

why do girl mainstream rappers exist?

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