Sound of A Woman
After the runaway success of single “Hideaway”, it would make sense if Kiesza would take the comfortable route and not mess with a proven formula. She takes the opposite approach with sophomore disc Sound of a Woman. Yes, there are a handful of 4-to-the-floor deep house throwbacks here to complement the powerhouse track, but it’s counterbalanced by confident piano ballads (“Cut Me Loose”, a stripped down cover of Haddaway’s “What is Love”) and dirty R&B jams (“Bad Thing”, “Losin’ My Mind”). Everything here is steeped in ‘90s nostalgia, and it comes at a convenient time, as the ‘80s revival has certainly overstayed it’s welcome. This is the sound of a clever pop songwriter making interesting and unexpected decisions.