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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Echoing the experimental nature of recent collaborator Gotye, whose number one single "Somebody That I Used to Know" she stole the show on, New Zealand songstress Kimbra's debut album, Vows, is a schizophrenic affair that is almost impossible to pigeonhole. Effortlessly flitting from bubblegum pop starlet on the playful old-skool beats and '60s doo wop vocals of "Cameo Lover" to avant-garde banshee on the melancholic music box-inspired closer, "The Build Up," Kimbra's chameleon-like tendencies ensure that predictability is certainly never an issue on any one of its 12 genre-hopping tracks. Occasionally, this "cover all bases" approach lacks focus, but for the most part, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Echoing the experimental nature of recent collaborator Gotye, whose number one single "Somebody That I Used to Know" she stole the show on, New Zealand songstress Kimbra's debut album, Vows, is a schizophrenic affair that is almost impossible to pigeonhole. Effortlessly flitting from bubblegum pop starlet on the playful old-skool beats and '60s doo wop vocals of "Cameo Lover" to avant-garde banshee on the melancholic music box-inspired closer, "The Build Up," Kimbra's chameleon-like tendencies ensure that predictability is certainly never an issue on any one of its 12 genre-hopping tracks. Occasionally, this "cover all bases" approach lacks focus, but for the most part, Kimbra's invention is a marvel to behold, as her enchanting and swooping jazz-pop tones glide across a veritable feast of sounds, from the hypnotic double basslines and '30s show tune harmonies of "Good Intent"; to the plinky piano hooks and rhythmic R&B grooves of opener "Settle Down"; while a beautifully gothic take on "Plain Gold Ring" is one of the rare instances of a Nina Simone cover matching the original. It will be interesting to see if she decides to pursue a more streamlined direction in the future, but by threading its widely eclectic range of influences together in such an impressively cohesive manner, Vows suggests she might never need to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2012
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624951346
  • Catalog Number: 530856
  • Sales rank: 26,996

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Settle Down (4:02)
  2. 2 Something in the Way You Are (4:23)
  3. 3 Cameo Lover (4:02)
  4. 4 Two Way Street (4:20)
  5. 5 Old Flame (4:30)
  6. 6 Good Intent (3:31)
  7. 7 Plain Gold Ring (4:31)
  8. 8 Come into My Head (4:38)
  9. 9 Sally I Can See You (3:57)
  10. 10 Posse (5:06)
  11. 11 Home (3:04)
  12. 12 The Build Up (5:05)
  13. 13 Warrior (4:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kimbra Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Keith Ciancia Composer
Greg Kurstin Composer, Producer, Engineer
George Stone Composer
Mike Elizondo Composer, Producer
Francois Tetaz Composer, Producer
A-Trak Producer
Adam Hawkins Engineer
Jimi Maroudas Engineer
Colin Leonard Mastering
Brent Arrowood Engineer
Jesse Shatkin Engineer
Keefus Green Producer
Brian Jacobs Composer
Sonny J. Mason Composer
M-Phazes Producer, Additional Production
Alain Macklovitch Composer
Ryan Ritchie Programming
Alex Tenta Layout
Mark Foster Producer
Isom Innis Composer, Producer
Michael Harris Engineer
Daniela Rivera Engineer
Kimbra Johnson Composer, Producer, Engineer, Additional Production
David Tobias Composer
Rhys Mitchell Artwork
Raphael Rizzo Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Kimbra is refreshing non-traditional touching on many genres. H

    Kimbra is refreshing non-traditional touching on many genres. Her lively and hip music is nice departure from average pop and rap that currently dominates the music scene. And, when watching her perform on videos you can tell she has a true love for the sounds she creates. There’s something here for everyone but I suspect she’s just not mainstream enough to make it big-time in the United States. However, that may be good. She is truly unique and it would be a crime if she lost her edge only to generate mediocre pop. I strongly recommend her music those who appreciate eclectic and face-paced vocals and variety in their listening.

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