Album Review : The Golden Echo
Artist : Kimbra
Genre : Pop
Date of Released : 2004
Kimbra is no stranger to hit music as she was a featured singer in Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know.” With soaring vocals she provided in that hit song, listeners surely expect a lot from her. The question is, does her new album has potential hit music solely for her? Let us dissect each song.
- Teen Heart – sounds like a fusion of Enya and Katy Perry. The vocals sounds like the former and the beat is commonly heard on the latter.
- 90’s Music – sounds creative but not radio friendly though.
- Carolina – seems like a homage to 90’s song “Oh Carolina” and feels it just took off where the old song ended.
- Goldmine – very Ariana Grande with a twist of Azalea Banks.
- Miracle – fees like listening to a female version of Prince.
- Rescue Him – the kind of song that will make you sleepy.
- Madhouse – very eighties, so many shades of any Michael Jackson stuff during “Off The Wall and Thriller” era.
- Everlovin Ya – the kind of song that only few people can appreciate; loyal fans for one.
- As You Are – proves that she can do ballad as well.
- Love in High Places – reminds you of unique vocal styles of Ella Fitzgerald and Nino Simone. She really has a unique voice.
- Nobody But You – this song reminds of the musical grooves that I heard from Dinah Caroll especially in “There Ain’t No Man.”
- Waltz Me To The Grave – the song is like inviting someone to commit suicide; that is how I feel about it.
With regard to bonus tracks, well these are naturally fillers. THE GOLDEN ECHO is a good record as a whole. It packs with lots of influences like Prince, 90’s music, new age music, R and B, just to name a few. The fusion of different musical genre might be an attempt to present a unique performer in the person of Kimbra. Well, it worked in some ways, I think she has to find her own style that is totally hers; being unique makes her a novelty performer; meaning she won’t last after this record.
I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it