Album Review: Abbe May, Kiss My Apocalypse

Sexrocktica. That’s how Abbe May herself describes her sound, and I’d say she’s on the money. Her sophomore album Kiss My Apocalypse is dark, sultry and full of hot beats. Don’t be fooled by the ‘pop’ tag, this album’s got grit.Unlike her debut, there is a definite lack of rock this time around. Instead, May seems to be experimenting with hip-hop elements, and rather successfully. Sweet grooves, and sexy riffs infiltrate your ears, along with May’s deep alluring vocals. Breaking away from her previous ‘rock chick’ mold, May proves she is more than capable of taking on any kind of genre.Second track on the album “Tantric Romantic” shows off May’s chameleon vocal style, as she talks her way through the verses in a way similar to Madonna’s “Vogue”. Her vocals tell a story and the screeching riffs accent her success, as she refers to mainstream stars like Rihanna and her non-believers, and verbally pushes past them.“T.R.O.U.B.L.E” takes a similar route, with high vocals and tales of nighttime debauchery. “Sex Tourette’s” is another track in which May plays with her vocal ability. She is clear and concise, and there is a definite use of synth throughout, adding that experimental dance element.Album highlights include “Karmageddon”, with its drawling vocals and its shoegaze appeal. Attitude and lyrical brilliance are placed over a hypnotic beat, making this track a definitive pleaser from the get go. “Want Want Want” however is a sleeper hit. This track snuck up on me. I didn’t love it off the bat, but the more I listened to it, the more it stuck. It’s earnest, it’s dark, it has a driving beat, and just the right amount of ambience. It’s actually perfection. Then of course, there is the title track: breathy and sexy, but full of devilish punch at the same time.Kiss My Apocalypse is a brilliant foray into the darkness from Miss May. In terms of career progression, May is clearly unafraid to experiment and unwilling to be pigeonholed, and as a result I think she’ll be a massive star soon enough. Power to Radhika Chopra

June 25th 2013
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