Vows

Vows

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by Kimbra
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2012
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624951346
catalogNumber:
530856
Rank:
43259

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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
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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Vows 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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