Vows (album)

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Vows
Studio album by Kimbra
Released 29 August 2011
Recorded 2009–2011
Genre Indie pop, soul, jazz
Length 50:09
Label Warner Bros.
Kimbra chronology
Vows
(2011)
The Golden Echo
(2014)
Singles from Vows
  1. "Settle Down"
    Released: 10 June 2010 (2010-06-10)
  2. "Cameo Lover"
    Released: 29 March 2011 (2011-03-29)
  3. "Good Intent"
    Released: 15 August 2011 (2011-08-15)
  4. "Warrior"
    Released: 4 May 2012 (2012-05-04)
  5. "Two Way Street"
    Released: 17 May 2012 (2012-05-17)[1]
  6. "Come into My Head"
    Released: 20 September 2012 (2012-09-20)

Vows is the debut studio album by New Zealand recording artist Kimbra. The album was recorded between 2008 and 2011 and was released on 29 August 2011 in New Zealand, and on 2 September in Australia by Warner Bros. Records. Vows has spawned 3 charting singles, "Settle Down", "Cameo Lover" and "Good Intent".

Vows charted at #3 on the RIANZ Albums Chart in its first week after release, with "Settle Down" re-entering the singles chart at #37.[2] In Australia, the album debuted at #5 on the ARIA Albums Chart, later peaking at #4. Vows has been certified Platinum in Australia for shipment of 70,000 units and Platinum in New Zealand for sales of 15,000 units.

On 4 May 2012, the album was re-released with six new songs, new mixing and was mastered by Colin Leonard in Atlanta, GA. It was released in Australia as Vows: Australian Tour Edition to coincide with her winter 2012 tour and included 6 previously unreleased songs.[3] This edition of the album was released in New Zealand on 11 May 2012 as Vows: Deluxe Edition.[4] On 22 May 2012 Vows was released to the North American market, debuting at #14 on the Billboard 200. The Vows album artwork including body art and illustrations were created by Rhys Mitchell and Raphael Rizzo.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly A[7]
Filter Magazine (83%)[8]
Herald Sun 3.5/5 stars[9]
Paste Magazine (7/10)[10]
PopMatters (7/10)[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[13]
The AU (8.5/10)[14]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[15]
The Music Network (favourable)[16]
The New Zealand Herald 4/5 stars[17]

The album received generally favorable reviews, obtaining a normalised score of 72 out of 100 from Metacritic, based on reviews from 16 selected mainstream critics.[5] Lydia Jenkin, of The New Zealand Herald's Time Out magazine, gave Vows 4/5 stars, praising Kimbra's "exciting vocal experiments on this colourful debut with impressive range".[17]

Singles[edit]

  • "Cameo Lover" was released as the album's second single on 29 March 2011.
  • "Warrior" was released as the album's fourth single on 4 May 2012.[18] The song appears on the Australian Tour Edition/New Zealand Deluxe Edition and the standard North American and European editions of Vows. The song peaked at number 22 on the New Zealand Singles Chart.
  • "Two Way Street" was released as the album's fifth single on 17 May 2012.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Settle Down"   Kimbra Johnson, François Tétaz François Tétaz, M-Phazes 4:17
2. "Cameo Lover"   Johnson, D Nigro Johnson, M-Phazes, Ryan Ritchie, Jimi Maroudas, Michael Tayler 4:02
3. "Two Way Street"   Johnson, Tétaz Tétaz 4:28
4. "Old Flame"   Johnson, Tétaz Johnson, Tétaz 4:27
5. "Good Intent"   Johnson, Tétaz Tétaz 3:32
6. "Plain Gold Ring"   George Stone Tétaz 4:02
7. "Call Me"   Johnson, Mark Landon M-Phazes, Johnson, Michael Tayler 4:34
8. "Limbo"   Johnson Johnson, Tayler 3:51
9. "Wandering Limbs" (featuring Sam Lawrence) Johnson Johnson, Tayler 5:26
10. "Withdraw"   Johnson Johnson, Jimi Maroudas, Tayler 4:06
11. "The Build Up"   Johnson, Tétaz Tétaz 5:01
12. "Somebody Please" (hidden track after 1:00 of silence) Johnson   2:20
Total length:
50:09

Notes

  • Track listing and credits from album booklet.[20]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (2011/2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[21] 4
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[22] 137
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[23] 186
Canadian Albums Chart[24] 24
Dutch Albums Chart[25] 95
New Zealand Albums Chart[26] 3
New Zealand NZ Artists Albums Chart[27] 1
Polish Albums Chart[28] 23
US Billboard 200[29] 14

Certifications[edit]

Country Certifications
Australia Platinum[30]
New Zealand Platinum[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon.com: Two Way Street: Kimbra: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  2. ^ RIANZ CHART 1789 05 September 2011
  3. ^ "VOWS Australian Tour Edition". KimbraMusic.com. KimbraMusic.com. 30 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "VOWS Deluxe Edition In New Zealand!". KimbraMusic.com. KimbraMusic.com. 3 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Vows Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vows - Kimbra : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". All Music. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  7. ^ "Kimbra Vows". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  8. ^ "Vos Review - June 2012". Filter Magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  9. ^ Adams, Cameron (1 September 2011). "Album review: Vows by Kimbra". Herald Sun (Melbourne: Herald and Weekly Times/News Limited). 
  10. ^ "Kimbra: Vows". PasteMagazine.com. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  11. ^ Chiola, Enio (28 September 2011). "Kimbra: Vows". PopMatters. 
  12. ^ Jody Rosen (22 May 2012). "Vows - Albums Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Slant review". 
  14. ^ Fuamoli, Sosefina (24 August 2011). "Kimbra - Vows (2011 LP)". the AU review. Heath Media & the AU review. 
  15. ^ Carnwath, Ally (22 July 2012). "Kimbra: Vows - reviews". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  16. ^ Reid, Poppy (14 September 2011). "Album Review: Kimbra, Vows". The Music Network. Peer Group Media. 
  17. ^ a b Jenkin, Lydia (8 September 2011). "Album Review: Kimbra, Vows". The New Zealand Herald: TimeOut (APN Holdings NZ). p. 18. 
  18. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/warrior-single/id527074889
  19. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eDQdYIqhbE&feature=plcp
  20. ^ Vows (Booklet). Kimbra. Warner Bros. Records Inc. (Cat no. 9362495476). 2011. 
  21. ^ "Kimbra - Vows". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. 
  22. ^ "Kimbra - Vows" (in Dutch). Ultratop / Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "Kimbra - Vows" (in French). Ultratop / Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  24. ^ "Kimbra - Vows". billboard.com. Canoe.ca. 
  25. ^ "Kimbra - Vows (album)". dutchchart.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  26. ^ "Kimbra - Vows". charts.org.nz/. Hung Medien. 
  27. ^ "Top 20 New Zealand Albums Chart The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ)Incorporated. 
  28. ^ "OLiS - Sales for the period 09.07.2012 - 15.07.2012". OLiS. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  29. ^ "Kimbra - Vows". billboard.com. Prometheus Global Media. 
  30. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  31. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). Archived from the original on 7 March 2012.