Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Review: Boh Runga "Right Here"

The latest sensation from New Zealand has arrived, and she is now crafting and recording exquisite pop songs in Hollywood. "Right Here" is the solo debut from Boh Runga, lead singer and guitarist of Stellar, Sony's biggest selling kiwi band.

"Right Here" is extremely impressive - Runga's sweet, captivating voice is second only to the sweetness of the memorable melodies she composes. Her pop instincts are sharp and the rock edge shows itself in exactly the right measure. A good mix of ballads and more uptempo numbers keep "Right Here" moving steady, providing a very satisfying listening experience through all eleven tracks. She is liberal with her angelic backing vocals and has recruited some first rate musicians to flesh out her songs, which generally revolve around love, loss, and hope.

There are just too many great songs to pick from, but I will highlight the starting trio: "Starfish Sleeping", "Evelyn" (see below), and "Dark Horse". Also noteworthy is "Be Careful", which features the distinctive voice of Serj Tankian (System of A Down) - how they managed to hook up is probably an interesting story!

Boh Runga is for fans of Tasmin Archer, Nina Gordon, and K.T. Tunstall. A truly excellent debut.

iPOD-worthy: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11

Boh Runga on MySpace. Official site.

Take note that there is currently a link to a free mp3 of "Evelyn" on her MySpace page.

Check out the video for the K.T. Tunstall-flavored "Evelyn":

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