KARI KIRKLAND/Wild is the Wind: “You’ll never mistake this for a gift shop album. Deceptively progressive, there’s a bunch of jazzbos on board, and looks like a jazz vocal set card, but this lady that freely and madly colors outside the lines ain’t your daddy’s thrush. Not an art chick and not a cabaret singer, she shape shifts this cross generational set card of familiar tunes into things you think you never heard before. You really have to have adult ears to appreciate what she’s got going on here, and if you can belly up to that bar, you’ve got it made. Fine stuff.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Records
Music News features Kari Kirkland | January 22, 2021
Kari Kirkland releases the first single and accompanying video from her debut album, Wild Is the Wind, which itself is scheduled for a February 26 release. On “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” a jazz-inflected rendition of Tears for Fears’ 1985 chart-topping single, Kari’s honeyed vocals move the song’s original disheartening perspective on the state of the world to a much more hopeful place. The video version of the song is a touching and uplifting collage depicting the many small ways that everyone can rule their own worlds.