Colbie Caillat Coco Review

Released 2008.  

BBC Review

It certainly feels like the start of a long career.

Daryl Easlea 2008

Coco is the 22-year-old Californian singer-guitarist's debut album, which has recently turned platinum in the States. Colbie Caillat broke through MySpace in the US, where she became the leading unsigned singer for over four months last year. One thing is for sure, it is clear how it has done so well in states. It is very pleasant indeed, perfectly produced, and is packed with tracks like Bubbly, the sort of record destined to reside on a Magic Playlist for the rest of the year.

However, there is more to the whole thing than meets the eye. Callait is the daughter of Fleetwood Mac's co-producer, Ken. She'd like this album to be her Rumours. It's not there yet, but you can certainly feel that vibe soaking through everything here, unsurprising for a girl who grew up watching them work. They were not the group however who got her into music. She began singing at the age of 11 after hearing the Fugees version of Killing Me Softly. As a result, her voice often comes across as a perfect blend of Lauryn Hill and Christine McVie.

Coco is a perfect purchase for those who only buy four CDs a year. It has the appropriate splashes of light and shade, and withstands repeated playing, it's something akin to one of those plug-in air fresheners that brings the smell of pine into your living room. These may be famous last words, but it certainly feels like the start of a long career.

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