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REVIEW: Kimberly Nichole – The Yellow Brick Journey



Are you looking for a fun upbeat album by a very talented singer/songwriter? Are you looking for the perfect combination of soul, pop, hip-hop and even a bit of rock? Are you looking for an album that uses the much derided autotune to great effect? Then look no further than Kimberly Nichole’s debut album The Yellow Brick Journey.

I’ve been aware of Kimberly for some time thanks to fellow blogger Tha Connoisseur and various other music sites, however I hadn’t really heard her material until some YouTube videos surfaced of a show she did alongside Soul:UK favourite Brittany Bosco and the Jaspects. Her cover of The White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’ had me instantly hooked and highly anticipating her debut, which i’m pleased to announce does not disappoint!

From the upbeat, rocky, anthem ‘Little Girl New’ to the slightly Janelle Monae-esque ‘Peace Of  Mind’ the killer vocals and great arrangements mean that the album never seems ‘samey’ or repetitive. Equally great is ‘Disconnected’, where Kimberly talks about coming out of an intense, all-consuming relationship only to find that she is ‘disconnected’ from her friends and her old life.

I had heard news that there was a track on the album that featured a significant amount of autotune. There has been much discussion in the blogosphere over the overuse of this ‘vocal effect’ and I’ll admit I was fully expecting to dislike the track, however it is one of the songs that has remained stuck in my head all day (a good thing). The track is called ‘For The Looking Ones’ and features a interpolation of the Phil Collins hit ‘In The Air Tonight’. Rather than using the technology to cover vocal flaws (we know she can sing) she uses it in a way that actually adds rather than detracts from the song.

The only slower-tempo track to appear on the disc is album closer (and title track) ‘The Yellow Brick Journey’. This is a great close to a fantastic debut, and my only complaint is that clocking in at just under two and a half minutes, the track could have been twice as long (but thats just me wanting to hear more!).

It’s great to see that Kimberly has chosen a lane for herself and kept at it. She has been a regular on the underground scene for sometime and it has obviously taken a lot of hard work and determination to finally get her debut out there. If this album had major label backing I could see it being a huge mainstream hit, however the reality is that it is an independant release that will rely heavily on blog support and word of mouth. So folks, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Kimberly’s official site, grab your copy and tell your friends … you will not be disappointed!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 20/10/2009 7:00 pm

    I finally got a chance to see her sing live a couple of weeks ago…she is amazing and the album is great as well!


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