Triinu Kivilaan
Now and Forever


3.0
good

Review

by pizzamachine USER (219 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: nothing spectacular, but still pleasant.

When Maarja Kivi (one of the lead singers) left the Estonian pop rock band, Vanilla Ninja, in 2004, the band replaced her with Triinu Kivilaan who was only fifteen years old. The official reason for choosing Triinu was because she supposedly looked like Maarja; they clearly ignored what talents she may have possessed and used her strictly to pretend that Maarja was still a part of the group - her inclusion was barely noticeable at all. She never spoke during interviews, she only partly sang lead vocals in one song, she wasn’t included in many filmed live performances, she barely appeared in the band’s massive collection of music videos, and so forth. Thankfully, in 2005, Triinu parted ways with the band as was inevitable. It turns out that they should have allowed her to sing more often.

I had no idea what Triinu’s solo music would sound like, considering how little she was highlighted in Vanilla Ninja, but I am pleased to say that Now and Forever doesn’t suck. If anything, it proves that she can do just fine on her own. You wouldn’t expect it from the youngest of Vanilla Ninja, but Triinu’s solo album is shockingly mature. The music sounds level-headed and is barely influenced at all by Vanilla Ninja. It is extremely radio friendly pop rock/alternative rock and is much less about aggression than it is about contemplation. Extremely romantic contemplation at that: “Your life is like a thunderstorm, I saw your lightning flash. Where is the girl I used to be since the day you captured me. You turned my whole world upside down, that’s just the way you are”.

As stated before, Now and Forever is an extremely romantic album, and there is much to the music that cascades this feeling. Acoustic guitars, and especially piano compliment the music and give it a conventional, yet cheery sound. It’s nothing that hasn’t been done before, but it’s still easily digestible. Overall though, the highlight of the album is Triinu herself with her unique vocals. Her voice is surprisingly deep, and also considering her smooth delivery, she has the voice of a showgirl. With such a voice and also with the style of her music, the album is easy on the ears. That really is the selling point of the album, and if soothing female vocals sounds like heaven to you, you may find Now and Forever angelic enough to listen to.



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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2011


31262 Comments


bout to youtube this bitch


will report back

Willie
Moderator
February 22nd 2011


17609 Comments


I'm a sucker for this kind of shit... I'll check it out (and this Vanilla Ninja band).

pizzamachine
February 22nd 2011


13863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Man, I didn't expect anyone to check this out. Willie, I recall you liking Vanilla Ninja's latest album.

Willie
Moderator
February 22nd 2011


17609 Comments


Did I? I'll be back...

Edit: Oh, okay. I said I like the songs on their Myspace page. I never got the album (it slipped my mind).

pizzamachine
February 22nd 2011


13863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well you're excused, you're a mod after all!

Foxhound
February 22nd 2011


4571 Comments


for no particular reason i will listen to this

bloc
February 22nd 2011


51830 Comments


Clicked because of the cover

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Foxhound
February 22nd 2011


4571 Comments


that's actually the reason i'm here in the first place

Willie
Moderator
February 22nd 2011


17609 Comments


Google her name

bloc
February 22nd 2011


51830 Comments


I think I've just died and gone to Heaven

Foxhound
February 22nd 2011


4571 Comments


seen lots hotter

bloc
February 22nd 2011


51830 Comments


It's not a contest; she's still hot as hell.

pizzamachine
February 22nd 2011


13863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty much.

BallsToTheWall
February 23rd 2011


48823 Comments


I'm a sucker for this kind of shit... I'll check it out [2]

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Tyrael
February 23rd 2011


21112 Comments


Blegh pop rock... Nice review pizza.
When I saw her name I thought for a second that this was black metal... Needless to say I was
dissapointed.

AggravatedYeti
February 23rd 2011


7684 Comments


that is one fine fine woman.

music is a little eh though based on myspace. but to be fair...

I'm a sucker for this kind of shit... I'll check it out [3]

omnipanzer
February 23rd 2011


21823 Comments


Shit... How did I miss another PM review. Hold on I need popcorn, or a pizza.

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omnipanzer
February 23rd 2011


21823 Comments


that is one fine fine woman. [2]

Nice review PM, you are really good at listening to stuff I would pass on based on the cover alone.

I may begin to consider listening to this and it's all because of you. ;^)



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