Album review: Kimbra – Vows

May 30, 2012

Kimbra - Vows album artworkTitle: Vows
Artist: Kimbra
Label: Warner Bros./Warner Music Canada
Released: 22 May 2012
In One Word: Sophisticated

Kimbra, the New Zealand artist most recognized for her supporting singing role in Gotye’s  “Somebody That I Used To Know”, has released her debut album to North American audiences.

The quickest way I can describe Kimbra’s talent is that she’s on the verge of something big.

There is no denying that she has great vocal skills and this album allows her to demonstrate just that. For a twenty-two year old, she displays a certain amount of maturity in her Jazz-infused, singing style. This is not bubble-gum pop a la Katy Perry. Kimbra’s audience will definitely fall in to the more sophisticated (mostly older) crowd. This is most definitely not a bad thing. Nora Jones did the same with her debut album. And need I remind you that the older crowd still purchases the majority of albums.

Vows is an album I’ve played through many times and though it makes for some great background music while working, writing etc., it also has its moments when you perk up and can’t help but sing along. A terrific start to what will no doubt turn into a successful career.

© Dee Dee Duric, Music Vice

Editor’s comment:
Shiver me timbers! Kimbra is this generation’s answer to Kylie. Kiwis 1 – Aussies 1.  — Brian Banks

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3 Responses to Album review: Kimbra – Vows

  1. Joseph Auger on May 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Nah She is this generations Kate Bush!

  2. Dee Dee Duric on May 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Not a bad reference but I’d argue that Kimbra’s music – debut album – is far more accessible to the masses than was Kate Bush; especially her early years. Bush definitely had a cult like fan base (I know I was one). I’ll also argue that you’re too young to know what Kate Bush was to our generation! Ha!

  3. Joseph Auger on November 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    DeeDee I agree that Kimbras music might be somewhat more accessible,that being said I foresee some real amazing work and I see many similarities especially as regards the depth of some of the work here as well as her visual to music ratio which is much like Kates in my eyes! That being said I am not young by any means at 48 and you must understand that Kate Bush to me is the ultimate artist and in an another timeline, my wife ;-)! I am glad that the younger generation can perhaps grow into loving Kimbra and her work in much the same way!

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