Kitty
Rose Gold


4.5
superb


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A step in a much more interesting direction.

Miami Garden Club is a very special album to me, and it's for a couple reasons. For starters, it was one of the few times I had given something a perfect score on the instant that I heard it, and I ended up sticking by it well to this day; It's quite possibly the single album that I've listened to more than any other. It is a condense 46 minutes of pure Electropop - all killer, no filler. It will most definitely go down as one of my favorites of the decade.

So, moving forward from that I was pretty worried about Rose Gold, I didn't think it would be the followup I was looking for, especially after not really liking what Kitty was doing with The Pom-Poms. But, I am proud to say I'm very pleased with what we ended up getting ultimately in the end. Rose Gold is a much more mature and personality driven outing than Miami Garden Club was, to my understanding it's actually written and produced entirely by Kitty herself with some occasional outside help from her husband, Sam Ray, who is credited on here three times all under different names funnily enough.

And I have to say, she really killed it on production several times here. While I wasn't initially blown away by "Counting All the Starfish" and "Disconnect", they've grown on me significantly from when I first heard them, the latter of which is probably my favorite song on the album, I really adore the lowkey instrumental and especially the hook on the song. "B.O.M.B. (Peter)", "Mami", "Sweat", and especially "Medicine" are all very good progressions from the sounds she was playing with on the last album. "Strange Magic" might singlehandedly contain the most personality of any song she's ever written, both within the odd instrumental and the prideful lyrics, and especially the way she raps midway into the track, I can't help but smile. The final two tracks, "The Window" and "Flordia" might straight up be the best thing Sam Ray's done since the two Teen Suicide albums from back in 2012. "The Window" in particular is adorable, I love it.

There are a couple songs that don't really land for me. I appreciate a lot of the sentiments behind "Look Demure" but I felt like the execution left a lot to be desired. The instrumental "Kitty's Farm" is my least favorite on the album, easily, I just don't think the instrumental was good enough to be put on the album let alone on it's own. But I mean on the whole, I'm impressed and I can't wait to see what she does moving forward. While I don't think it's quite as good as Miami Garden Club, I'm still really enjoying a lot of what's going on here.



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LethalPaintball
April 5th 2019


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

howdy, said id come back to review this one

these days you can find me here: https://rateyourmusic.com/~lethalpaintball

Lucman
April 5th 2019


3064 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice to see a good review this quick! Gave this a spin last night and, while I'm not sure it's as good as MGC yet, I loved what I heard.

RolyPoly
April 5th 2019


300 Comments


New kitty

Ryus
April 5th 2019


17775 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh shit new kitty

TheGreatQ
April 5th 2019


2846 Comments


Oh I mistook this for Kittie

Ryus
April 5th 2019


17775 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a cursory listen suggests this is a fair bit weaker than miami garden club

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 5th 2019


43591 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm wishing I was enjoying this more than I am...

The strongest tracks are wicked and a promise in a very intriguing direction that the weaker tracks dont fulfill

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Lucman
April 5th 2019


3064 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ok, yeah, this is disappointing.

granitenotebook
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2019


938 Comments


good review, excited to try this

Asdfp277
April 5th 2019


21074 Comments


damn, low ratings

Odal
April 6th 2019


439 Comments


This is is better than Miami Garden Club, though much less immediate. I don't think it quite hits the same highs either, but I think this is overall a better experience and far more cohesive.

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
April 8th 2019


897 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

medicine is p cool

JeetJeet
April 8th 2019


6883 Comments


Not too sure about this new version of Florida

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AnimalsAsSummit
April 8th 2019


4023 Comments


first track is weird af but not bad, like synthpop with a 90s rap beat and glitch

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2019


17356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Proud 2 b Facebook friends with her

AnimalsAsSummit
April 8th 2019


4023 Comments


oh shit this has some crazy sweet chords going, tracks 2 and 3 are amazing

AnimalsAsSummit
April 8th 2019


4023 Comments


damn just realized the album art being's boob is a face too

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 8th 2019


43591 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cute flex sona

JeetJeet
April 8th 2019


6883 Comments


This is enjoyable but the bar she set with Miami Garden Club was just waaaayy too high. Disconnect is amazing tho.

DoofDoof
April 10th 2019


4828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review says Kitty has more personality here compared to Miami...the music has less personality taken in isolation though. Last album had an instrumental version and I wasn’t surprised. This one I’d be surprised if they release the instrumental.



The music on Miami sounded linked in the same decadent summer urban locale and Kitty did switch from being swept up by that (little girl lost) and being more forceful and playful (leading us astray).



This seems like more of a mix with her definitely wanting to try her hand at becoming more of a conventional pop singer. It’s grown on me a bit over three listens but I think the lack of unity and atmosphere, plus a few near girl group song writing numbers, will hold this back.



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