Colbie Caillat - Coco

2007-11-29 06:12
One reason why she sounds so much like Ms. Nicks might be because Coco is produced by her dad, who happened to have helmed Fleetwood Mac's classic Tusk and Rumors albums. Guess it doesn't hurt to have a legendary producer as your papa, eh Colbie? But beyond the obvious leg-up, she has undeniable talent of her own. Her voice is raspy, velvety, deep and consuming, especially on "Battle" when she croons "This could be better, we could be happy you could better…try." It’s just one of those voices that you hear and can identify with in ten seconds flat.

"Bubbly" may be repetitive, but it is an infectious tour of all the trivial, tingly and furry things young love has to offer. Later, "One Fine Wire" is a Joan Osborne-esque offering in which she sings over a nimble, slightly squelchy guitar lick "I remember a time when my balance was fine, and I was just walking on one fine wire." Yes, Coco is whimsical, fun and not without substance. Colbie Caillat is definitely one to watch.

- Erica Chidi

Colbie Caillat's debut release Coco is sublime. At 22 years old she has managed to produce one the strongest pop-folk albums I've heard in years. It's a little bit of John Mayer meets Stevie Nicks and KD Lang, but re-mastered and zippier.

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