Colbie Caillat- Coco
Universal Republic (7/17/07)
There’s something about Colbie Caillat that is very familiar to me, yet I’d never heard of her. Colbie reminds me so much of one of my favorite artists and fellow California native, Tristan Prettyman, and that’s a good thing, despite how distracting that is. Colbie could easily be branded as a Banana Republic-type artist, based on her feel good music and her charming Jennifer Aniston-type resemblance at only 22.
There’s nothing not to like about this album; it’s easy-going, casual and radio-friendly. Colbie’s success is charming, as she’s being spread by the power of word-of-mouth and social networking on MySpace, catching the attention of one Rolling Stone magazine. Colbie has been described as the quintessential California girl, and this influence is obvious in her music. “Realize” reminds me of something Shania Twain would cover, a nice song about meeting someone half way, realizing how much they are right for each other. Coco could be described as bare feet twisted on hot beach sand, waiting and ready for those series of kisses that are flirty and exploring your crush for the very first time.
“One Fine Wine” is pure, good, enjoyable fun, reminding me a lot of what music was like when Michelle Branch came on the scene. Colbie does not need to be overmarketed, but she needs to be pushed to the masses and spread to the masses, one fine butterfly kiss at a time. “Bubbly” is also a perfect single, as the essential crushing song of the summer, and the perfect introduction for Colbie to mainstream radio and the world. Colbie is on tour with The Goo Goo Dolls and I think that this is the start of many great things to come. It doesn’t matter where this girl came from in terms of musical discovery, it only matters that she has staying power. I’m going to enjoy Colbie’s ride to success, because it’s going to be a good one.