Kimie Miner

Kimie Miner

Independent release, 2015

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


A songwriter since the young age of 14, Kimie Miner (pronounced Kimi-ay) couples the roots of her Hawaiian upbringing with her Portuguese ancestry and creates an interesting and soothing blend of reggae, soul, R&B, jazz and pop on this sophomore album.

“Bottom Of A Rainbow” leads off with an island breeze and the sort of laid back pop template that's tailor made for a fruity drink and an ocean view. “Throwback Love” follows and brings us from the beach to the club with its danceable fun before the jumpy and rhythmic keys of “Love's In The Melody,” which features guest vocals by Caleb Keolanui. A simple, upbeat song, this is the sort of feel good tune you'd expect to hear on any easy listening radio station in the country. “Trouble” is when we start to hear Miner's eclectic side as reggae feelings find their way into the pop foundation, not to mention an added electronica influence. At the halfway point, “Make It To Morning” breaks from the pop into calmer moments with keys and beautiful harmonies, providing a nice entrance to the remaining few diverse tracks. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The second half gets soulful, jazzy, funky and flirts with R&B, especially with horns on "Shine" before the only non-English track of the bunch, "Kumulau." The disc standout is the acoustic and aptly titled "Lullabies," which builds into a fuller song with deep percussion and animated backing vocals. The playful, upbeat and optimistic "New Day" and reggae friendly "Sweet Company" finish out a strong and engaging later half of the album.

Though Miner isn't exactly striking new ground with this album, the subtle use of many genres and easy going angle make it hard for any fan of music to not find something to enjoy here. While similar artists aren't easy to address here considering Miner's background, Nelly Furtado and Natalie Imbruglia both came to mind. Miner cites inspiration from Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, and her gentle nature and songs about love and life could certainly inspire a younger generation in the same way that Hill and Badu's work live through in Miner's approach.

Rating: B

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