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Title:
Black star elephant
Author:
Nico & Vinz (Musical group), performer.
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Bros., [2014]

â„—2014
Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Credits printed on container insert.
Language:
English
Contents:
[Intro] -- Am I wrong -- Last time -- [Leave us] -- Know what I'm not -- Miracles -- [New in town] -- My melody -- [Powerful] -- Another day -- People -- Runnin' -- Imagine -- In your arms -- Homeless -- [Lakota] -- Thought I knew -- [Arrival] -- When the day comes -- [Kokadinye] -- Imaa imaa.
UPC:
093624932789
Format :
Music CD

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Summary

Summary

Afro-beat pop by way of Norway, Nico & Vinz deliberately blur cultural and musical boundaries on their 2014 debut, Black Star Elephant. Such happy disregard for genres is the secret to the duo's appeal, as is how they emphasize hooks above all else. Usually, the rhythms are too streamlined and club-ready to be called polyrhythms, although they certainly exuberantly percolate in the fashion Westerners associate with African drums. They're there for color as much as they are for dancing because the emphasis is on the insouciant breeziness of their light-as-a-feather melodies and harmonies. Often, as on the global smash single "Am I Wrong," they recall nothing so much as a Europop variation of Bruno Mars' interpolation of Sting, who himself often dabbled in multicultural musical adventures, which means Nico & Vinz provide an odd squaring of a circle: they're interpolating an interpolation of an interpolation. Far from diluting the pleasures of Black Star Elephant, this cultural disconnect enhances them because it emphasizes how, at their core, Nico & Vinz are lite bubblegum worldbeat pop, and will try on any fashion just as long as it might bring them a hit. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine