|Kiss (Standard Edition Cover)|
The follow-up of her 2008 debut, Tug of War, is disco-teen-pop leaving behind her folk and acoustic roots. After the success of "Call Me Maybe" and "Good Time," she finally released her first international major album. The album sounds like it was recorded by a Disney star around 17 years old. Well, it's quite opposite of the real things because she is no Disney and she is 10 years older than what we expected. Talking about the whole album, Kiss is a great pop record. What is admirable is her emotive vocal performance on some of her songs, such as More Than a Muemory. Although, I'm quite disappointed with the remix of the Curiosity because I admire her first version. Now, it was too pop with heavy synths that drowns her aching vocal performance. Beautiful, that features Justin Bieber, is relaxing after a series of bouncy beats and synths. Most of the songs are following the sweetness of Call Me Maybe but none of those equal the catchiness of the song. I appreciate the disco song Tiny Little Bows for its interpolation of the Cupid which actually fits its 80s vibes. Kiss is a pop album and one of the sweetest ever which gives you a nice treat.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Hits: More than a Memory, Turn Me Up, Tonight I'm Getting Over You, Drive (Bonus track)
Miss: Curiosity (Album Version)