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With 2013’s Utopia, Estonian pop star Kerli, now signed to Island Def Jam, gets groomed for international superstardom. Painstaking production was applied to this EP; it took nearly five years for Svante Halldin, Jakob Hazell, and David Taylor to complete mixing these songs. “Can't Control the Kids” opens, blending elements of house and electronic dance into a vast dubstep soundscape. Kerli’s commanding vocals soulfully soar over this as she champions the power and creativity that today's young people have with the technology at their fingertips. On a track laced with melodic hooks, she calls for modern youth to keep creating and sharing with the world. The following single “The Lucky Ones” is another dance-floor delicacy that’s less energetic but overflowing with a heartfelt and triumphant sentiment; Kerli muses on the strength of a friend who got a second chance at life after a cancer scare. That song's prominent piano seeps into the next track, “Love Me or Leave Me.” As the EP’s sole piano ballad, it’s a nice chaser from the two preceding party tracks.

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Worth the wait

Its be awhile since Kerli has released anything more than singles. However this was so worth the wait. Her new sound is amazing. Filled with dance tracks and a few slow tracks its just right. Bubblegoth is here baby.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just saw her on tv.

Love me or leave me took me back to Tori Amos days @ her finest.
Just downloaded album & KERLI has a new fan here. AMAZING!!!

Kerli's long awaited 2nd Album is...Wait, it's still not here!

Instead of giving us a new album, as was promised, we were gifted with this "EP." An "EP" usually refers to about half an album's worth of material, but one third of the songs you get for your six dollars are songs you may have already heard. "The Lucky Ones" makes up two tracks on this EP, both the original, and a remix. I'm not sure if the remix was already on the "Lucky Ones Remix EP" released last year or not. (I'm not really into remixes.)

So, once you take away the re-cycled material, you get four Five new songs. "Love me or Leave me" and "here and now" could have been written by any female popstar of the modern era. They represent the worst of Kerli's daliance with pop -- the loss of her own nuanced view of the worlds. Or, in other words, pop music as lop-sidedly poppy as some people write hopelessly gloomy dirges. The beauty of Kerli's debeut album, and the reason why she has so many fans, is that she can seek and access all of the emotions -- the goods and the bad ones, in a unique way.

Luckily, Can't Control the Kids, Chemical, and Sugar are pretty much everything a person could want from Kerli's music. "Can't Control the Kids" explores an interesting topic in a Kerli like way, "Sugar" has Kerli's flair for the weird, and "Chemical" has a hint of an edge to it.

What I can't understand is why somebody didn't just hold onto these tracks until a full album could be released. The cynic in me wonders if Kerli's marketers have decided it's more profitable to just write a few songs and then sell remix albums of them instead of actually going the traditional route. What we have here is a bloated Single, not an EP. Even the people who enjoy the "Love me or Leave Me" or "Here and Now" songs probably aren't lining up to buy entire remix albums based on them. So why the filler now?

All and all a nice little snack that still doesn't fullfil that hunger that's been building for five years. (Seriously! Five years is half the lifetime of some major bands.)

Biography

Born: February 7, 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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