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After a quick, albeit passive, introduction to the first few tracks of Ghostbird, it’s hard not to lump the record’s polished collection of purposefully laid-back observations into the worn-out “let’s throw a bonfire and forget about our troubles” class of summer-exploiting ditties. And while the comfortable and simplistic style of Zee Avi’s latest LP will likely be compared by some to Jack Johnson’s overly saccharine past releases, after a few listens, the Malaysian singer-songwriter’s sophomore effort reveals an experience that, besides its scattered moments of monotony, is far too pleasant to waste the effort necessary to point out its flaws.
Although Avi’s taken a few risks with Ghostbird, the artist has still delivered a record full of material that could easily be used as the backdrop for a “stay positive” surf film—a comfortable range for the singer’s talents. But, unlike many of her peers, Avi isn’t afraid to take a few genre-challenging risks, which will hopefully continue to surface throughout her young career. — Paste