In the beginning there is a call for help in the love frenzy. “Save me”, demands the famously powerful New Zealand singer Kimbra in the finely tuned opener of the same name of her most introspective and best album to date, A RECKONING. Sink her, along with all her confidence, into that emotional whirlpool that you have to go through when a new love is on the horizon.
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There is a wounded vulnerability in there, which Kimbra immediately concedes when she bounces and bangs so harshly in the chorus of the following “Replay!” that the walls shake. It is precisely here, in the joyful contrasts, that the magic of this wonderfully wide-spread record lies.
It brings together lightning-fast reflections on stereotypical gender images and classic soul languor, extra-tight, grooving funk from the Prince School (“La Type”), large-scale film music string walls (“I Don’t Want To Fight”) or with songs like “New Habit“ also has that radiant machine-music Future-R’n’B, as known from specialists like the Brit Christopher Taylor alias Sohn.
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