Music enthusiasts who spent their adolescence pining away to the '80s British pop of Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, and the Cure will wholly appreciate Ethiopian-born singer Kenna's new waveinspired debut, New Sacred Cow. Kenna's emotive vocals recapture the existential angst of the Reagan-Thatcher years. But he's no throwback. Backed by the savvy, genre-splicing, hip-hop-informed sonics of producer Chase Chad (a.k.a. Chad Hugo, one half of the badass production team the Neptunes), the Virginia resident carves out a distinctive sound. Standout tracks include the frenetic single, "Freetime," the melodic "Sunday After You," the brooding "Hell Bent," and the string- and drum 'n' basspunctuated "War in Me." Oddly enough, Kenna is signed to Flawless Records, helmed by rock-rap bad-boy Fred Durst, who seems to compensate for his limited artistic palette with astute A&R skills. However he's come to this refreshing debut, one thing's for sure: New Sacred Cow is a progressive, if nostalgic, joy from start to finish.
Performance CreditsKenna Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Fonts
Ethan Johns Bass
Otto Price Bass
Chad Hugo Keyboards,Saxophone,Track Performer
Technical CreditsDavid Davidson String Arrangements
John Haynes Engineer
Serban Ghenea Engineer
Sean Evans Art Direction
Chad Hugo Composer
Kenna Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Illustrations,Logo
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A debut album can often make or break an artist. Several talented groups have fallen to the proverbial wayside due to a bad first impression. But, if a debut album is any indicator of what one's music career will shape up to be, then Kenna's got quite a ride ahead of him, straight to inevitable fame and fortune. This highly anticipated debut, New Sacred Cow, was released by Columbia Records on June 10 of 2003. Almost two years before this release, a music video was released for the single "Hell Bent." Due to record company conflicts, the album release was repeatedly pushed back as fans who caught a glimpse of the moving video scoured the Internet for songs. The short film, along with the fact that the album was co-produced by Chase Chad of The Neptunes, caused a wildfire interest to be sparked in filesharers. When the day finally came, no one was disappointed in the least. Kenna is as masterful as he is eclectic in his music. This puppet master pulls the strings from wherever he can find them to create the intricate and emotional movements of New Sacred Cow. From track to track, this is one of the most cohesive albums of the genre. Kenna glides seamlessly from the poppy upbeat techno sounds of "Freetime" and "I'm Gone" to more poignant and stirring cuts like "Hell Bent," and the piano-driven "Yeneh Ababa (Rose)." Each track contains a sound unique unto itself, a beautifully crafted melody sung by the angelic-voiced Kenna, and a beat that drives through the listener like a transfer truck. And Kenna's genius does not end with sounds on a record; He is now well-known for his amazing concept videos for "Hell Bent" and "Freetime," the latter actually being included as a CD extra on the release. Overall, New Sacred Cow is an amazing debut, and a must have for fans of light industrial rock (or any genre, for that matter). Kenna's got a bright future ahead of him, and I personally look forward to hearing what he produces in the years to come.
Kenna has been making music that is awe-inspiring, a reason to open your eyes in the morning, without a doubt.. New Sacred Cow is one of the best albums I have ever witnessed,among Led Zepplin,Pink Floyd,Van Morrison,U2, and The Cure...this album has an unbelievable sound lyrically and production wise(Chad Neptunes). A remarkable entrance, its about time.
this is the greatest artist ever! i love this music, its been circulating the internet for about a year and its finally on a cd. everyone should own it, its my favorite!