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.
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.
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.