Sunday, May 15, 2016

Kygo's Cloud Nine is All You'd Hoped For and More

After months of waiting and having the release pushed back a few times, Kygo's Cloud Nine finally landed in its entirety this week. On the full length debut, you'll find plenty of known favorites, as well as a handful of new gems. A few of my new favorites include Oasis, Happy Birthday and For What It's Worth. The first two feature world class vocals from Foxes and John Legend, so it shouldn't be a big surprise to hear that those stood out. If you've read any of my posts about Kygo, you already know how smitten I was for his original Piano Jam. It was only a matter of time before it was blessed with vocals, but I gotta admit, I wasn't blown away by how the brother/sister duo of Angus and Julia Stone's vocals meshed with the original instrumental.

In terms of ranking it with some of my favorite debut albums over the years, I won't go as far to say it's as good as Avicii's debut True. What I will say is that it will undoubtedly go down as one of the most influential debuts over time as Kygo single handedly carved his own path in a genre that is starved for originality. As decades pass, I don't see myself ever getting tired of hearing Firestone, Stay, or Stole the Show. There have been many albums that I've had high hopes for that haven't had a single track as good as the past three I mentioned, which should say a lot about how impactful the album is in its entirety. If you haven't had a chance to catch Kygo in concert, check yourself because you're missing out on a really talented artist put on an amazing show...#CloudNine


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