We have a confession to make… We were a bit worried that Dami Im was going to be a one trick pony when she came out with ‘Super Love’. We thought it was too much in the generic dance-pop vein of ‘X Factor’ winner’s single ‘Alive’ and that it would just be more of the same thereafter. That theory was strengthened when ‘Gladiator’ came out.
Thankfully, it’s not all generic lite-electro pop on ‘Heart Beats’, Dami’s first album of originals.
For instance, ‘Without You’ reminds us of Jordin Sparks with its almost RnB influence.
New single ‘Living Dangerously’, whilst more of the same genre-wise, is an apt reminder of why she won ‘The X Factor’ in the first place. Dami nails it vocally; it sounds like the most fun she’s had in a while.
Her take on Macy Gray’s ‘Beauty In The World’ is almost a bit hippy-esque, though we doubt she’ll appear natural singing “shake your booty boys and girls” when she eventually tours.
There are a few missteps on ‘Heart Beats’, such as the lacklustre ‘Speak Up’ which, although not particularly long, seems to drag on.
The deluxe bonus tracks are also generally filler material, with the exception of the heartfelt ‘Solid Ground’, which seems to be the most reflective of Dami’s shy demeanour.
The absolute highlight though, is ‘Heart Beats Again’, which Dami wrote by herself. It’s simple, sweet and perfectly captures both the loud and soft aspects of Dami’s voice. It’s the type of song that could have been manufactured to within an inch of its life, but instead strives for natural expression.
Consequently, we’re quite relieved that Dami didn’t stay within the parameters set by her first three singles for ‘Heart Beats’.
In fact, we think we might even prefer guitar/piano pop Dami of ‘Heart Beats’ over the dance beat heavy Dami we’ve come to know!
Download : Living Dangerously, Without You, Heart Beats Again.