Review: Kimbra, ‘Vows’

Review: Kimbra, ‘Vows’: Aidin Vaziri | Kimbra? You may not know the name, but you definitely know the voice. That’s her playing the role of the jilted lover on Gotye’s inescapable hit “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Now the singer and songwriter from New Zealand is looking for a more formal introduction with a repackaged version of her debut album, “Vows,” a platinum-seller in Australia last year. Kimbra’s music is significantly glossier and more upbeat than that of her body-paint-wearing collaborator, but no less adventurous. Her sultry voice is looped and layered with handclaps on the song “Settle Down,” “Cameo Lover” finds her soaring through a bright new-wave melody custom made for breezy summer escapades and, with shades of Roisin Murphy of Moloko, the gently slinking “Good Intent” is just weird enough to become her second biggest radio hit.

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