Primal Heart

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Primal Heart
Primal Heart by Kimbra.jpg
Studio album by
Released20 April 2018
Recorded2015–2017
GenrePop[1]
Length44:24
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer
Kimbra chronology
The Golden Echo
(2014)
Primal Heart
(2018)
Singles from Primal Heart
  1. "Everybody Knows"
    Released: 29 September 2017
  2. "Top of the World"
    Released: 10 November 2017
  3. "Human"
    Released: 19 January 2018[2]
  4. "Version of Me"
    Released: 23 February 2018[3]
  5. "Like They Do on the TV"
    Released: 30 March 2018[4]

Primal Heart is the third studio album by New Zealand musician Kimbra. It was released on 20 April 2018 through Warner Bros. Records.[5] It had originally been scheduled for release on 19 January 2018, but was pushed back.[6] Kimbra released "Hi Def Distance Romance" as a free exclusive download to fans signed up to her mailing list.[7] Singles from the album are "Everybody Knows", "Top of the World", "Human", "Version of Me" and "Like They Do on the TV".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[9]
The Independent4/5 stars[10]
NME4/5 stars[11]
The Observer3/5 stars[12]
Pitchfork5.9/10[13]

Primal Heart was positively received by music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 75 based on five reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The Good War"
3:38
2."Top of the World"
3:25
3."Everybody Knows"
  • Kimbra
  • Taylor Graves
  • Kimbra
  • Congleton
  • Graves[b]
  • Martin[b]
3:44
4."Like They Do on the TV"
4:19
5."Recovery"
  • Kimbra
  • Graves
  • Kimbra
  • Congleton
  • Graves[b]
3:19
6."Human"
  • Kimbra
  • Congleton
3:58
7."Lightyears"
  • Kimbra
  • Matt Friedman
  • Scott Mellis
  • Kimbra
  • Congleton
  • Maury[a]
  • Friedman[b]
3:31
8."Black Sky"
  • Kimbra
  • Congleton
3:51
9."Past Love"
  • Kimbra
  • Friedman
  • Kimbra
  • Congleton
  • Friedman[b]
3:35
10."Right Direction"
  • Kimbra
  • Benjamin Davies
  • Kimbra
  • Congleton
4:45
11."Version of Me"
  • Kimbra
  • Congleton
  • Gruska[b]
  • Berg[b]
3:57
12."Real Life"KimbraKimbra2:22
Total length:44:24

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 31
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[15] 12
US Billboard 200[16] 179

References[edit]

  1. ^ Empire, Kitty (22 April 2018). "Kimbra: Primal Heart review – lacking in blood". The Observer. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Kimbra Shares Official Video For New Track 'Human'". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Kimbra Releases Her New Song, "Version of Me" With Her Official Music Video – Warner Bros. Records Official Blog". Warner Bros. Records Official Website. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Kimbra's New Single Is A Breezy, Synthy, Nostalgia Trip About The Power Of TV". Uproxx. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Kimbra Moves Release of New Album 'Primal Heart' to 4/20". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Splash - Kimbra Official Website - Preorder Primal Heart Now! - Create your own Primal Heart video!". Kimbra Official Website. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Kimbra on Instagram: "Today I released some news to those of you on my mailing list. If you're not on it already I encourage you to join me as it's the main..."". Instagram. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Reviews for Primal Heart by Kimbra". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  9. ^ Phares, Heather. "Primal Heart - Kimbra". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  10. ^ Kaplan, Ilana. "Album reviews: Tim Burgess, Alexis Taylor, Sting & Shaggy, Kimbra, and A Perfect Circle". The Independent. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  11. ^ Mylre, Hannah (20 April 2018). "Kimbra – 'Primal Heart' Review". NME. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  12. ^ Empire, Kitty. "Kimbra: Primal Heart review – lacking in blood". The Observer. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  13. ^ Barlow, Eve (25 April 2018). "Kimbra: Primal Heart Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Kimbra – Primal Heart". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Kimbra – Primal Heart". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Kimbra Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 May 2018.