Album Review: Kimberly Anne – Liar EP

By on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

It’s no secret that Kimberly Anne accidentally became a singer/songwriter. The South London-born artist started out by performing at local poetry nights, but a tender word from an encouraging booker broke the news to Kimberly that performing with a keyboard is, really, more musician than poet. Nevertheless, her poetic talents shine through in her songwriting and her latest release, the EP ‘Liar’, is a fantastic example of this.

Working with acclaimed producers including Mark Crew (Bastille), Rich Wilkinson (Lianne Le Havas, Bombay Bicycle Club) and Charlie Hugall (Florence and the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Lucy Rose), the ‘Liar’ EP brilliantly demonstrates Kimberly Anne’s abilities as a singer/songwriter. Aided by an acoustic guitar and a propulsive drum beat, title track ‘Liar’ is predominantly driven by Kimberly’s soulful vocal inflections and is a highlight of the EP. During the incredibly catchy chorus, Kimberly sings, “there’s more than I could share, more than I can bear, to be a liar, to be a liar”, over a melody rich tune.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ9acePTBlg

Kimberly’s talent of writing excellent lyrics is also evident in ‘Girl Next Door’. The track, which contains a funky guitar riff, features memorable lines such as, “’cause he bought his feelings from a second-hand store, we trace the steps of a life he can’t ignore.” The powerful lyrics and the emotion Kimberly manages to express are clearly evident throughout, which makes for extremely pleasant listening. Written and recorded in less than 4 hours as part of a challenge, ‘Almost on My Feet’ is a stripped back track which highlights Kimberly’s strong vocals. Solely accompanied by an acoustic guitar, ‘Almost on My Feet’ draws similarities to the likes of Tracy Chapman (one of Kimberly’s inspirations) and the aforementioned Sheeran.

The final track on the EP is the ‘Liar’ Jakwob remix. Having previously produced remixes for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Lily Allen and Lana Del Rey, Jakwob has become renowned for delivering time and time again, and his remix of ‘Liar’ doesn’t disappoint. Jakwob has produced a laid-back drum and bass remix, which doesn’t take away the passion and emotion Kimberly Anne perfectly portrays.

Despite only being four tracks long, the ‘Liar’ EP superbly demonstrates Kimberly Anne’s array of talents as both a singer and a songwriter. Remember the name, as Kimberly is a big name to watch out for in the future (and she has even bigger hair to match).

9/10

Kimberly Anne’s new ‘Liar’ EP is out now on Polydor Records. Catch her on the Communion New Faces tour, which commences in November and also stars FYFE, Oxford pop quartet Pixel Fix and Nottingham five-piece Amber Run.

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