The extremely talented Danish singer/songwriter released her first full-length album Monday!
Despite not having the longest musical career behind her, Kristina Renée has managed to make a prominent name for herself in the music industry. With only the acclaimed EP “For Now” behind her, she was booked for 3 of the biggest music festival in Denmark this year: Spot, Northside and Roskilde.
Kristina Renée’s past is one of denying talent. She spent time trying different things and studying at the university. But eventually the pull and allure of music was one too strong to deny. Thoughts and painted pictures were put down in words and in the end put into music. This resulted in “For Now” in April 2012, which opened the public’s eyes to this new artist. Renée has followed up upon the success of the EP with a very newly released full length album. “Taming Tigers” it’s named, and Renée has described this as being a metaphor for trying to get a hold of her life by controlling everything around her. In the end she found it to be impossible and that’s an issue she deals with on the newly released record.
Renée has collaborated alongside Frederik Nordsø of The William Blakes and together the two of them have created exceptionally well executed pop songs for the record. There’s a smooth and put together sound throughout, but despite this the album lacks that distinctive musical quality that really makes an album noteworthy. It is well executed yes, but also very safe and therefore very anonymous. For an artist with a very characteristic and sensual vocal as Renée, a more daring and experimental sound in her music would put her miles ahead of many other accomplished Danish singers.
Though a very safe and not so surprising debut, you shouldn’t miss out on Kristina Renée! With the right kind of tweaking and perhaps a deeper understanding of her own personal style she could sonically evolve into a huge name on the Danish scene. Give “Taming Tigers” a chance and put it on during those especially lazy summer days spent outside in the warmth, and see if you don’t end up getting charmed just a bit by the smooth melodic pop.
Kristina Renée, Saturday 13.00 at Red Stage