Kirin J Callinan - Bravado
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2017 Ratings: #355 / 717
User Score
Based on 95 ratings
2017 Ratings: #482
June 9, 2017 / Release Date
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Universal Australia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Guardian

It’s hard to imagine anyone loving every moment on such a perversely disparate record but it’s equally hard to imagine anyone being less than dazzled.

80
AllMusic

With Bravado, he's traded the midnight black blast of industrial punk for the neon and vapor trail-lit blight of the dancefloor, and the results are no less compelling.

80
The Needle Drop

Australia's Kirin J Callinan delivers one of this year's most colorfully eccentric pop records with Bravado.

50
Exclaim!

Callinan has a knack for pushing buttons, but it sounds like he's just mashing the keyboard on Bravado.

EMR
28
Here is a fine example of an artist entirely seeking for a shocking-value incorporation in his music, as an undeniable challenging/provocateur background is found preceding his name, though getting but a huge failure in his final results by flirting a bit too closely with mainstream-pop conventions.
BuffaloStaple
43
yeeeeaaaaaa we out...
liammenzies
85
So over the top and all the better for it: before you say it, yes, I’m big enough.
lihanEAD
94
This grew on me. While there are some weaker cuts in the tracks that kind of put the album to a syrup-y halt, most of the time Kirin serves up catchy pop songs with a pallette of caliburs. Tracks such as "My Moment", "Big Enough", "S.A.D." and "Living Each Day", all have a sense of humor to them, while not sacrificing songwriting in the longer run. Synth-led or not, the instrumentation stays thick and well mixed, even through more noisier spots, like ... read more
itsyahboinoah
71
A fun bombastic pop album that in a sense is "off the wall". People who listen to the latest kirin j callinan record may be baffled of the music choices made but in my own opinion this feels so refreshing and enthralling. The absurd lyrics and weird instrumental passages makes it one of the most unique listens i heard in a pop record.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#7/The Needle Drop
#60/Under the Radar
#100/Earbuddy

Track List

  1. My Moment (feat. Sean Nicholas Savage)
  2. S. A. D.
  3. Down 2 Hang (feat. James Chance)
  4. Living Each Day (feat. Connan Mockasin)
  5. Big Enough (feat. Alex Cameron, Molly Lewis & Jimmy Barnes)
  6. Family Home (feat. Finn Family)
  7. Telling Me This (feat. Jorge Elbrecht)
  8. This Whole Town (feat. Star)
  9. Friend of Lindy Morrison (feat. Weyes Blood)
  10. Bravado
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