The Golden Echo (LP)


Kimbra

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Amoeba Review

08/18/2014

Kimbra continues to prove herself New Zealand’s hottest export on her second album, The Golden Echo. Cresting on the strength of her scene-stealing vocal on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” her debut record, Vows, presented a pop artist capable of depth and diversity as well as hooks, even as it struggled to come up with a unified sound. The Golden Echo continues on that diverse angle, inspired by the likes of Bjork, Prince and Minnie Riperton. She opens the album with a seductive little piece of synth pop called “Teen Heat,” which builds from a whisper to a scream at the drop of a hat but still maintains some restraint, coming off as a more tasteful alternative to someone like Florence + The Machine (or even her compatriot, Lorde). “90s Music” brings the beat and the bass along with irresistible lyrics about nostalgia for the flannel decade, but Kimbra’s too smart for pure kitsch, letting her voice go into eerie registers as the music ventures into stuttering, strange territory. While songs like “90s Music” assures her status among her more adventurous peers (more like FKA Twigs, less like Katy Perry), she can deliver big pop moments, too, as with the stomping Motown moves and swirling vocals of “Carolina” and the sultry nu-disco of “Miracle,” which is as beguiling as anything she’s ever done. All in all, The Golden Echo doesn’t seem overly concerned with establishing one Kimbra sound, but instead is a wonderful collection of moments, some strange, some populist and nearly all memorable.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Teen Heat
Kimbra 04:44
2.
90s Music
Kimbra 03:36
6.
Rescue Him
Kimbra 05:34


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Carolina
Kimbra 04:18
2.
Goldmine
Kimbra 04:40
3.
Miracle
Kimbra 04:49


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Madhouse
Kimbra 04:04
2.
Everlovin' Ya
Kimbra , Bilal 04:44
3.
As You Are
Kimbra 05:21


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Love in High Places
Kimbra 05:15
2.
Nobody But You
Kimbra 05:22
3.
Waltz Me to Grave
Kimbra 07:30

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