Primal Heart

Kimbra - Primal Heart
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #420 / 717
User Score
Based on 250 ratings
2018 Ratings: #166
April 20, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Independent

Perhaps it’s her wisely chosen collaborators or more life experience, but Kimbra’s exploratory ethos has never been so on point.

80
NME

The time and deliberation taken by Kimbra on ‘Primal Heart’ shows, as on album three she’s truly hit her stride. Throughout she offers up rich, swirling instrumentals and intricate musical landscapes, crunchy chord progressions and twinkling chromaticism complemented by her confident, warm vocals.

80
AllMusic

A consistently winning album, Primal Heart finds Kimbra hitting the sweet spot between imagination and accessibility -- if her nods to the mainstream get more ears pointed her way, so much the better.

80
Northern Transmissions

Though she’s often made albums that straddle sharp pop with very focused genre-pieces, she has written her most cohesive collection of songs to date with Primal Heart.

72
GIGsoup

In an album that is perhaps Kimbra’s strongest work yet, Primal Heart sees the New Zealand musician fuse elements of the old and new, creating an art-pop LP determined to overcome past faults.

70
The Needle Drop
Despite being a stylistically mixed bag, Kimbra's latest album features some of the best art pop you'll hear this year.
60
The Observer

You can’t help but feel, though, that Primal Heart lacks blood. For every genre-busting banker such as Human (inventive, effects-laden soul) or Recovery (pugnacious swing-pop), there are so-so tracks that should have been palmed off on to someone else.

59
Pitchfork

The New Zealand musician’s third album is a collision of hard electronics with a touch of R&B. Though it contains moments of great power, it sounds like a work that’s stuck between two places.

MySoftBulletin
80
I hope this gains the cult following that Emotion has
plowo
89
Kimbra's "Primal Heart" is one of the best pop albuns of the year, with no bad songs and managed to join his previous eras into a cohesive and consistent album. After a considerable time without making any musical appearance, Kimbra have became some kind of internet meme of "being death" for not releasing any album (along with the still mythical "Masochism" by Sky Ferreira). Fortunately, last year she has announced her long-awaited album (first it was going to be ... read more
LepardRyan
76
I'm so conflicted on this album. Tracks like Version of Me and Like They Do On the TV are excellent, but Top of the World makes me cringe and I can't get through it. Human is just alright and I don't really care for it. I wanted to like this album so much more, it just isn't clicking.
Edit: After revisiting this it's a lot stronger than I originally thought. One of the best pop records of this year without a doubt. Still can't stand Top of the World tho
itsyahboinoah
66
I wish I could love it like all the other people here do, but I just felt disenchant by this album. Maybe it will grow on me, but as for right now i'm sticking to my score.
marcopive
45
this is as average and middle of the road as one can get, how is this getting so much love, it's forgetable af.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#13/Albumism

MISC LISTS

#40/Uproxx (First Half)

Track List

  1. The Good War
  2. Top of the World
  3. Everybody Knows
  4. Like They Do On the TV
  5. Recovery
  6. Human
  7. Lightyears
  8. Black Sky
  9. Past Love
  10. Right Direction
  11. Version of Me
  12. Real Life
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