Primal Heart Kimbra Warner Bros Kimbra could hardly have chosen a more appropriate name for her third album as here she attempts to dissect the tricky business of being in love. The New Zealand singer is best known for her collaboration with Gotye on the 2011 mega-hit Somebody That I Used to Know, but in the years since that duet her solo output has shown she’s one of the most innovative and interesting voices in modern pop. Across 12 tracks, Primal Heart highlights her versatility as she veers wildly between dance melodies, 80s ballads, sultry R&B and experimental alternative pop. Her lyrics lend a poetic air to the well-worn themes of love, relationships and romance, while at every turn Kimbra’s extraordinary vocal abilities lend strength and emotional depth to her songs. Whether she’s half-yelling on the frenetically paced Skrillex collaboration Top of the World or crooning softly on the piano-led ballad Version of Me, her commanding voice always cuts through. But it’s not all heartbreak and introspective musings, with offerings such as the electronic-infused Lightyears and soulful, Motown-influenced Past Love ensuring there’s plenty of light to contrast with the darker moments. As with her previous releases, Kimbra frequently employs vocal loops and effects to build an entire choir from her voice alone. Final track Real Life features barely any instruments at all. Instead, her stripped-back, almost robotic-sounding harmonies provide the backing track to the ethereal finale of Primal Heart. In the hands of another artist, an eccentric piece of work like this could have been a disaster, but Kimbra has corralled her creative vision into a remarkably cohesive record.