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"Elements" Album Review

      With the voice of an angel, Kina Grannis surpasses all expectations on her latest release titled, Elements. Grannis is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist that scored her big break in 2008 when she won the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl Contest. The contest rewarded Grannis to having a contract with Interscope Records. Her music videos was also being played during the Super Bowl XLII. Before her big break, Kina had released three independent studio albums titled Sincerely, Me (2005), One More in the Attic (2006) and In Memory of the Singing Bridge (2006). Since winning the contest, Kina has been very well known through her YouTube channel, where she releases covers of the latest hit songs from artists like Pharrell Williams, Lorde, John Legend and Coldplay—just to name a few. It has been four years since Grannis released her breakout album via One Haven records, with 2010’s Stairwells but the wait has been well worth it.

      Before Elements came out, Grannis released numerous teasers and a series of Making the Album featurettes on her popular YouTube page, creating an indescribable excitement for many longtime fans. The album was produced by Matt Hales, a musician better known as Aqualung. Grannis is the key and only writer for Elements. When you think of the album Elements, the term “latest and greatest” should come to mind. Elements released on May 6th 2014 through her self-owned label, Kina Grannis Records. The album contains twelve tracks and a run time of just less than forty five minutes in its entirety. The new album displays a whole new side of a maturing Kina.

      The album starts off with a track called 'Dear River', a soothing acoustic track that is genuinely refreshing from the chaotic sounds of the radio airwaves of today. Frankly, we need more music like this to be heard, a track so simple sounding but so beautiful. However, the next track off of Elements, 'The Fire' is what can really grab and hook your attention. It is one of the most compelling songs on the album, as Kina repeats the hook, “You let the fire out and its right in front of me”. This is one of those songs that you won't be able to get out of your head, or want to for that matter...   


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