The Golden Echo

Kimbra - The Golden Echo
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2014 Ratings: #561 / 845
User Score
Based on 76 ratings
2014 Ratings: #297
August 19, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Sputnikmusic

There's pure pop gold to be found here, but also envelope-pushing alchemy that turns these songs into unforgettable aural expressions of joy.

80
The 405

It's mad and quirky, bursting with colour and passion for her inspirations. It feels less like album and more like a smorgasbord of everything Kimbra loves, and not in a bad way at all.

80
Exclaim!

On her sophomore effort, The Golden Echo, Kimbra hasn't reined in her sonic exploration, yet there's a more cohesive feel to the project. 

80
AllMusic

An album that just becomes more engaging with time, The Golden Echo lives up to its name: it refashions the best of what came before it into something alluringly modern and a lot of fun.

70
Paste

At its worst, The Golden Echo is admirably faceless, exhausting in its eager quest to be everything to everyone at once. At its best, it’s subversive pop brilliance.

70
Spin

Kimbra delivers pitch-perfect multi-tracked vocal harmonies throughout, but despite its Expendables-esque cast of proven contributors, The Golden Echo is much more about imperfection and imbalance.

67
Consequence of Sound

The Golden Echo is a bold and sprawling effort that confirms Kimbra’s status as one of pop’s most flexible chameleons.

50
PopMatters

As well intentioned as it is, with occasional mesmerizing production that flutters back and forth, everything leaves you feeling like there should have been more at the root of this project. 

43
Pitchfork

The Los Angeles-via-Melbourne-via-Hamilton singer reportedly cut the already-overlong album down to 12 tracks from 70 ... the resulting album suggests that she's either a poor pick, leaving out some of her choicest shit, or doesn't know how to refine her ideas beyond adding to them until they sound overstuffed.

43
Pretty Much Amazing

The record sounds like the lowest points of Vows: nothing more than the fading specter of a good idea.

lukassantiago3
61
The Golden Echo isn't a bad record. Even with some highlights feels so basic and repetitive sometimes that even the danceful production can put someone to sleep.
75
This is such a spiffy album
Creator R-Zita
67
Some really good ideas and distorted voices in the "90s Music" (that was my favourite song) ! but unfortunately she is not very memorable and sometimes is very repetitive !
tha138
45
Light pop that needs to be clever and arty but behind the scenes lies the total emptiness.
Z.Younk
44
Aside from Carolina, Goldmine, Love In High Places most of the songs are either cringe-worthy (Miracle) or utterly forgettable (Teen Heat). Songs like 90's Music, Everlovin ya, and Rescue Him hit their mark, but fail to leave any lasting impression.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#1/FasterLouder
#13/Sputnikmusic
/AllMusic

MISC LISTS

#9/Rolling Stone (Pop)

Track List

  1. Teen Heat
  2. 90s Music
  3. Carolina
  4. Goldmine
  5. Miracle
  6. Rescue Him
  7. Madhouse
  8. Everlovin Ya
  9. As You Are
  10. Love In High Places
  11. Nobody But You
  12. Waltz Me To Grave
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