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Kimbra, The Golden Echo (self-released)
CD Reviews- 9/11/2014

09/11/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The New Zealand economy hasn’t collapsed as yet, although, like eastern-neighboring Australia, they’re working on it. Thus we’ve lately been treated to a lot of big show-biz spectacles from Down Under, including this girl, the daughter of one of New Zealand’s most successful doctors. No, she’s not a spoiled-brat fraud, as she proved once and for all (at least in Billboard’s eyes) with her smash duet with Gotye in 2003’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” and I do quite like “90s Music” here, which sounds like a mashup of Destiny’s Child and ‘80s darkwave, complete with industrial smash-machine glitch and vocal effects that sound both mechanical and soulful at once. “Miracle” is the tune that wants to be this record’s biggest hit, like a Prince B-side invaded by the Ed Banger hoodlums, meaning ‘60s-to-’80s radio-soul sandblasted in the face with wub-wub. It’s like Lorde thrown into a blender with big beat, Kate Havnevik and Tears for Fears, akin to a beach-chair novel, not something you can put down but not something wildly important either. (I mean, really, the whole breezy-steezy retro-chill thing’s been around for at least a decade now; this just adds extra noise to the mix) A

— Eric W. Saeger






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