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Years ago, well about three years ago, I was presented with a track called ‘Cross over’ by this young singer called Kennedy Noel, which I immediately found fun and powerful. ‘Never Stop’ was also another thumper of a song which showcased a young star in the making. We set up an interview and I learnt a lot more about this artist than I thought I would.
When I had heard about the personal challenges that Kennedy had faced in her life, I saw that the music was her way to fight through what she had come up against and that this was her celebratory call for where she is now! After bringing herself back as Krigarè in early 2017, a shift in style and influence was absolutely perfect for Kennedy to take the next step in her career. A little over a year later, we have the album unleashed onto the world!
‘Silhouette’ is the first song I got to hear, co-written with Joseph Trapanese (and Kennedy seems to be a BIG fan of his work), it establishes that mature sound which I have seen come from Kennedy over the last 15 months. Even from this track, it is personal and emotional with enough fire power to hit you hard immediately.
‘Heights’ was a track I was lucky to hear in 2017 and this thumps into life with that alternative beat that would not go amiss in a club. Kennedy is not afraid of mixing the genres, proving that you can make a song that you can both dance to and feel emotion towards.
‘This Time’ is rock! You had the operatic masterpiece and the dance tune, now it is time to break out that air guitar and strum like you’ve never strummed before. Whether you want to be on your feet or just clap along, you will be pulled into this song whether you like it or…well, actually you will LOVE it!
‘Falling Apart’ was my favourite song of 2017. In my previous review of the song, I mentioned how I could see Kennedy describing her own mortality and fighting through the darker moments that had eventually brought her here. A cancer survivor who took everything that came at her and turned it into something truly beautiful. The song is soaked with so much raw passion and heartfelt lyrics that you take in every word and feel every beat that comes your way.
‘Royal Blood’ I could see as the perfect opportunity to bring back the dancing vibes. Imagine a slow-motion shot music video in a night club, everybody is moving at a snail’s pace but Krigarè and her band are controlling the world around them. Like the other songs, this demands your attention.
‘If I Just Wake Up’ is a piano-led ballad which I could almost feel a tear erupt from my unblinking eye. It is the personal songs which really hit me and all I could see was the stories Kennedy had told me about her fights with the illness that would have made any person crumble. The soft tones of her voice perfectly compliment the track and I just want to say that I am not crying, you are the one who is crying! OK, maybe that tear did eventually make it’s escape!
‘Sleeping Awake’ pushes the tempo back up in a pop-influenced track which again digs into Kennedy’s personality and her life where all is there to be seen. If you need to scream, this is your perfect opportunity as the artist herself feels the need to do so herself!
‘Deep End’ again sees a change in genre, the upbeat track makes for an intriguing listen and sees Kennedy add to the ambience with a variety of vocal styles featuring a captivating hum and a call to the ends of the world.
‘Destiny’ was originally featured on the album CHRONICLES by Generdyn. Generdyn has contributed music to films such as The Maze Runner series and with a wide array of different artists. Hearing this song last year, I enjoyed the atmosphere created by this one and I am happy to see it on the album.
‘Let Go’ sounded like it was the start to an amazing TV series from HBO or Showtime. The tune is attracting and there is a great use of instruments throughout the track. Maybe one of them networks could pick this up for their next drama?
‘Sparks’ coming near the end of the album gives Kennedy the perfect chance to re-emphasize that her music is here to grab you and not let you go. Though the sounds may vary throughout the album, you can’t say that it doesn’t hit you with every single song!
‘Let It Go (Remix)’ is maybe the perfect ending to the album, KNGHT has provided a great remix which accompanies the other eleven tracks very well and indeed makes its own signature on this impressive body of work. That lyric “You’re fighting a battle that’s already been won” sounds like a great way to explain the place that Kennedy is in today and brings a fantastic conclusion to this album!
So that was Krigarè: THE ALBUM! I must say, this was worth the wait. I may sound biased, but I honestly and truly loved this album. Not since Noah and the Whale’s second release THE FIRST DAYS OF SPRING have I really enjoyed an album so thoroughly. There is a lot of love, attention, energy and heart in this release. I as always look forward to the next step that Kennedy takes in the world of music and hope that everyone gets a chance to hear this masterpiece.
Krigarè is a european word for warrior, Kennedy proves that she is an almighty fighter in both her own life and in the musical realm!
Final rating: 10/10 (yes, I said 10!)
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove