Swedish singer-songwriter Kim Cesarion certainly made a strong local impression with his debut single ‘Undressed’, which peaked higher here than in his home country.
Certainly, he and his team must feel the pressure to turn him into more than a one-hit wonder with his debut album, also helpfully titled ‘Undressed’.
Local radio may be ignoring second single ‘I Love This Life’, but there is certainly a lot on this album to get excited about.
For those of you who like his trademark falsetto-filled choruses, ‘X’ and ‘One True Lover’ should be right up your alley. We also quite like his second European single ‘Brains Out’ with its Prince-esque verses.
We are less enthralled by ballads ‘Come Down To Me’ and ‘Bad Thing’.
‘Can’t Love Nobody’ (a song very reminiscent of Nathaniel’s ‘You’) and ‘When U’re High’ are far better demonstrations of Kim’s balladry abilities. ‘Angel Wings’ is also very interesting, a bit Frank Ocean-esque if you ask us!
The 1980s are another obvious influence, inspiring ‘Girls’ and ‘Trade Ya’ (the latter co-written by Leah Haywood of Aussie 2000s classic ‘We Think It’s Love’ fame). Both tracks are really likeable but ‘Girls’ seems to lose momentum right around the chorus.
The gospel-inspired ‘Amen’ is another noteworthy addition to the album, combining Bruno Mars-inspired vocals with a soulful call and response.
Put all these elements and influences together and you get a varied and interesting debut album. It makes for a really enjoyable experience, as instead of playing it safe and delivering an album of songs like the title track, Kim takes risks on nearly every song.
‘Undressed’ (the album) is a brave first impression; it never feels desperate or like Kim is throwing everything at the (hypothetical) wall and seeing what sticks.
It may vary from track to track, but it still gives a very distinctive impression as a whole.
Download: Undressed. Brains Out, When U’re High.