Celeste Buckingham – Bare
Celeste Buckingham goes for a warm, visceral, and vital sound on the wild passion journey of “Bare”. Opting for a sense of pure intimacy, Celeste Buckingham’s voice possesses an incredible range. Everything revolves around her, from the elastic grooves to nimble beats. Melodies drenched in neon-hued splendor allow the tracks to rush by in gorgeous blurs. Layer upon layer of sound is applied with masterly precision. Multifaceted with its focus, the tracks expand on into the infinite. Yet within this expansive approach Celeste Buckingham chooses an intimate style, one whose lyricism feels downright satisfying. Poetic in its form, the lyrics delve deep into the dynamics of relationships.
A hard-hitting beat introduces the spacious slinky opener “Paradise”. With an elegant buildup, things become all-consuming within its ornate detail. Grandiose with its swagger “Addict” deserves to be blasted at the highest possible volume, felt as much as heard. Shifting things significantly is the folk-tinged pastoral “Rose”. Giddy with its hope “Selfish” propels itself forward with a mixture of R&B and electro. By far the highlight of the album comes from the hyper-luxurious grooves of “Trip”. Opting for a message full of love, “Trip” employs a degree of playfulness to tremendous effect. Hypnotic with its grand effects the cyclical “Time Is Ours” utilizes patience wonderfully. Nimble handclaps grace the stately aura of “All This”. Nicely bringing everything to a joyous conclusion “Intoxicated” feels aptly named with Celeste Buckingham’s vocals taking front and center stage.
With “Bare” Celeste Buckingham creates a world full of yearning, desire, and love.