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Album Review

Nobody asked for a mix of Björk, Natasha Bedingfield, and Evanescence's Amy Lee, but that's what Kerli offers — served up with a touch of gothic Lolita — on her debut album, Love Is Dead. It's an odd blend of influences, but these songs have enough quirks and enough polish (courtesy of producers David Maurice and Lester Mendez) to be mainstream and strange at the same time. At her best, Kerli brings a bewitching mix of light and shade to her music. "Walking on Air" is the finest example of her spooky yet uplifting sound: her slight Estonian accent adds a subtle otherness as childlike, whispery backing vocals that sound like they come from singing dolls hover over skittering breakbeats, while the moody, string and brass-laden bridge could have been borrowed from Björk's Selmasongs. Despite its theatricality, it's a surprisingly subtle yet catchy song. "Up Up Up" and "The Creationist," which skips along on a charming, spiraling piano loop, also show off Love Is Dead's sweetness and light. However, when Kerli ventures deeper into darker territory, the results are mixed. "Love Is Dead" sounds like Amy Lee covering "Army of Me" (in a good way), and the fiery "I Want Nothing" and industrial dominatrix rock of "Strange Boy" — which rhymes "innocent" with "magnificent" — show that Kerli can brood convincingly. On the other hand, the very Evanescence-ish power ballad "Bulletproof" gets too close to predictable melodrama, and "Hurt Me"'s masochistic rock is run of the mill. There's nothing typical about "Creepshow," however: a minor-key but funky dancefloor workout, it sounds a little like Fergie's "London Bridge" transported to Eastern Europe, but even stranger than that. It may be odd, but it's not boring, and the same can be said of most of Love Is Dead — despite its faults, it is one of the most unique albums released by a major label in 2008.

Customer Reviews


YESSSS!! I just love her music! It's GREAT! I listen to it every day or I go crazy if i don't! Up Up UP, BulletProof, Hurt Me, Love Is Dead, Walking on air all 5 out of 5's. If I could I would give it 6 but since I can't 5 will just have to do! I just love every song.

love it!!!!!!!

This album rocks. Kerli is from Estonia. This is my hreatbreak album. I love all the songs my favs are strange boy, love is dead, hurt me and walking on air!

Love Is Dead = Unique.

I wasn't sure what to think when I first got this album. I've owned it since it first came out and I completely adore it! When I look at the album cover I'm expecting a really dark album, but honestly I didn't find it that way. There are songs that are a bit darker though of course though the best thing about them is they dont seem whiney like alot of the music out there. Standout songs on the album to me are, Walking On Air- This seems to be a bit biographical to Kerli but its not in an obvious way it has a great back track and lyrics that you wouldn't hear in a lot of songs. The Creationist- This is a very well done song. Probably my faveorite on the album. It has wonderful vocals great spiraling background music and the lyrics are meaniful and somewhat playful. Beautiful Day- This song is perfect for if your down. It has a very joyous energy and it made me want to sing along. I love those songs along with a few others on this album. This album is extrodinary and I reccomend it to anyone! 5/5 to Kerli I can't wait to see what is next from her!


Born: February 07, 1987

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Estonian singer Kerli was born in Elva, a Soviet-occupied town with a population of 5,000, in 1987. As a teen, she dreamed of becoming a pop star and leaving her homeland, and studied singing, dancing, acting, and piano. In 2001, she was the runner-up in that year's Eurolaul, a televised competition that determines the song that will represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest; two years later, she competed in Sweden's Melodifestivalen, but was eliminated in the second semifinal round. She continued...
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