Sunday, January 6, 2013
Estonian singer Kerli had the misfortune of gaining traction, buzz and exposure as a dance-pop singer at exactly the same time Lady Gaga blew up. No, their musical styles are not entirely the same, and I don't think either artist is trying to emulate the other, but the similarities are too striking to not comment. While Lady Gaga might more globally famous and popular Kerli, who has lived in Estonia, Sweden and the United States, among other places, might be more worldly. As such she brings a noticeable global sound that Lady Gaga lacks.
Her newest album, Utopia, which is scheduled for release in the spring, has already leaked. Is it a great album? No. But it does offer some enjoyable ear candy, especially on the dance numbers. "Last Breath" is a standout, as is "Can't Control the Kids." The ballads are saccharine and unmemorable but songs like the mid-tempo "Sugar," with its late '90s/early '00s r&b textures are great fun.
Kerli - Last Breath
Kerli - Sugar