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Love Is Dead

KerliAudio CD
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Deep within the forests of Estonia, a voice is heard. The faceless cry demands attention and won’t be silenced. As the voice creeps closer, you can almost make out a tiny figure. In less than a blink of an eye, out leaps Kerli, a deceptively delicate-looking young woman. She is has a whimsical way about her, but you can’t help notice the smoldering fire in her ... Read more in Amazon's Kerli Store

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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0018Q7K62
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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About the Artist

"All I want/Is right here/But love don't live here anymore/And love don't live here anymore" "Love Is Dead"

All you need to know about 21-year-old singer-songwriter Kerli is contained in the songs to her debut Island Def Jam album, Love Is Dead.

Born in Elva, Estonia, a tiny, then-Soviet occupied town of 5,000 people in the forest, Kerli grew up with a dream to escape from her surroundings. "Little creepy girl/Oh she loves to sing/She has a little gift-an amazing thing," she declares on the autobiographical, world music beat of "Walking on Air. "She will go and set the world on fire/Nobody ever thought she could do that."

"I'm a passionate person," declares the blonde-haired beauty, who once drew a picture in a diary when she was 13 that depicted her going to America. "Where I come from, it was a shame to show your emotions. You could never be too happy, because something bad might happen. I was always a passionate person. I wanted to live every moment. I looked around me, and it was beautiful, but I wanted something more."

Ignoring material comforts and new clothes for lessons in singing, ballet, acting and classical piano, at fourteen Kerli entered and won Euroalaul, an annual televised competition to select a song to represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest. After the win, she decided to concentrate on singing. Island Def Jam Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid signed her on the spot after she auditioned for him.

Working with noted producer/mixer/songwriter David Maurice, whose credits include Garbage and JC Chasez, Kerli wrote the personal lyrics to all the songs, reflecting her amazing odyssey from a small town in Estonia across the sea from Scandanavia to major label recording artist.

"Being here has enabled me to grow as a person," she says. "What I like here, which I never had in Estonia, is that people really do believe they can become whatever they want to become. My background has made me what I am, but it must be so much better to grow up in an environment where nobody tells you that you can't do something. My dream of leaving and making music was my escape. I had no other options."

That resolve comes across in songs like the rocking "I Want Nothing" and the vulnerability mixed with bravado of "Bulletproof," while the hope of a better future comes across in the soulful R&B of "Beautiful Day" and the emotional moving "Butterfly Cry," in which she reveals, "I used to believe there was no lights/But I found out/Life is far too short to fight/Lose yourself/Let go your pain/Taste the air you breathe/And kiss the sky."

"I used to be suicidal and depressed when I was younger," she says. " `Butterfly Cry' is about getting out of that. It was like my eyes were suddenly opened. It was a rebirth."

That cycle of death and resurrection runs throughout Kerli's dark-laced songs, from the title track, to the techno-rocking "Hurt Me," a reflection of the mental abuse she suffered as a youngster, and the defiant harmonies of "Fragile," marking the distance between where she came from and where she is now.

"It was hard for me to go back to my normal life in Estonia when I first started traveling," she says of the inspiration for "Fragile." "I felt like I didn't really fit anymore. None of my family or friends could relate to what I was going through, and I couldn't relate to what they were going through."

She claims no musical influences, except for being a fan of Bjork. Kerli insists: "I'm just such a sponge that whenever I hear something beautiful, it touches me. When I was little, we didn't have much access to western culture. I remember my cousin getting cable when she was five and it was the first time we'd ever seen MTV."

And while Kerli has certainly made up for that lost time, she is adamant that pop stardom, fame and material success are not her goals, which she declares in the reggae rhythms of "Up Up Up" or the confessional "I Want Nothing."

"I used to fantasize about being a pop star, but now my passion is for music," she says. "I don't care about attention. I just want people to hear this record. It's not about me. Everything I do at this point is for the people and the hope somebody can relate to what I went through."

"You think I'm more than you," she sings in "Fragile. "You think you see me/You like the way I'm strong and stand by you/But I am fragile, too."

"I haven't had a single dream that hasn't come true," says Kerli of her remarkable path, which has led her to L.A. and N.Y. to record her debut. "The bigger the dream, the more time it takes to come true. The moment you really let go, that's when something comes to you. The next level for me is to be totally untouchable. My dreams now are very spiritual, of personal growth. All I want is to be happy. I want to make love my armor so that nothing can hurt me."

Love Is Dead is the next step in that voyage, which has taken her from a tiny village on the other side of the world to an opportunity to tell that story so that it inspires others.

"World's turning round for you/There is no need to be afraid...Everything is on its way."

"This is the way I feel all the time," she says. "I open my eyes in the morning and I'm excited about my life. But I want to keep that darker part alive, too, because I find it very beautiful. I just want to show people that it is possible to come out of that dark hole. I was as deep as you can get, but I came out. Everybody can. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. That's my message. I'm a storyteller, a messenger, a friend, a helper on a very basic, simple, human level. I'm a voice for the outsiders, because I'm one, too."

"Life is my creation/My best friend," she sings in "The Creationist" of the way she has invented and then transformed herself and her life. "Whatever happened/Was meant that way."

On Love Is Dead, Kerli is ready to share her amazing journey with the rest of the world.

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On her 2008 Island Def Jam debut, Love Is Dead, Estonian singer Kerli (born Kerli Koiv) unveils an electro-tinged collection of goth-pop songs. Coming across as Marilyn Manson's creepy kid sister, Kerli combines the sensibilities of Evanescence and Bjork, as best revealed on the haunting "Walking on Air" and the dramatic, string-heavy title track. 12 tracks.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is such a brilliant album. While similarities can be drawn between her and Bjork just because she is the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of music that is made to make you feel every single note of the song through emotion, Kerli really is in a league all her own. Her tracks fluctuate through so many different genres of music, sometime all in the same song.

There are tracks like Creepshow were it almost sounds like she is rapping for a while...but then it clicks over to a sort of creepy gothic child singing in the background...then back to a catchy hook. Then there are tracks like Bulletproof that are more typical goth punk, but her voice makes it different, almost tranquil. Normally this would be a hot mess, but it's all so deliberate, it's refreshing and even relaxing despite itself.

I am hoping her record company will do a better job of promoting it than they have thus far, because she definitely has the potential to be the next Bjork or Fiona Apple, but she needs airplay...tracks like Walking on Air will help her with that.

Buy this album! It has become one of my favorites instantly...I can't stop listening to it!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love may be dead, but talent is not. July 8, 2008
By Trevor
Format:Audio CD
On Kerli's debut record 'Love Is Dead', it's easy to say that right off the bat, she is making a bold statement about life in general. However, the album is anything but the emo title it is given. While a better track to open the album could have been selected, the title track is a big rock ballad with an outro that keeps building and building the energy, then comes to a crashing end, crediting Kerli with the ability to make a great rock song. The album's best track and main single, "Walking On Air", is pop perfection in every way; complete with a 'creepy' [as she says so many times] hook and very well-written lyrics. Other standouts include "The Creationist", which is something of a rock version of Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" in the chorus; the Megan McCauley-esque hevy rocker ballad "Bullet Proof" [which shows Kerli at her most vulnerable]; and the club-rock inspired dance track "Strange Boy". The latter track, however, is the only point on the entire record where Kerli seems slightly out of her element, but it still feels so right. So whether she's singing songs about how every day is beautiful [something we should all keep in mind], or quoting Paris Hilton in negative fashion on "I Want Nothing", everything about this album screams "hot mess" but at the same time, "what the music industry needs." You decide.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD of 2008 July 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
After playing her clips for a week, I bought Kerli's CD LOVE IS DEAD today and have been playing it nonstop ever since. To say that Kerli is the best new artist of the year would be a gross understatement - I haven't been this excited about a new singer since the 90's. The title track LOVE IS DEAD is an instant classic, but BULLETPROOF and CREEPSHOW are just as great!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully offbeat August 4, 2008
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Don't let the cover fool you. Kerli's freshman effort is light on the gothic overtones and makes more of the pop and electronica genres than the industrial and darkwave.

The Bjork-esque "Love is Dead" gets the album off to a solid start. If you're a fan of the Icelandic Diva's "All is Full of Love" be prepared for it to overshadow the chorus here, but try not to let it ruin the song as "Love is Dead" stands well on its own. Next is "Walking on Air" which is a fun slice of goth-pop. Track three, "The Creationist" follows the upbeat trend. Across the disc the lyrics bounce between nonsensical, fanciful, heart-wrenching and angry, but make allowances for Kerli's youth and the fact that english is not her first language.

On to track four which makes a 180° turn to hard rock. "I Want Nothing" is one of the heaviest tracks on the CD, and surprisingly it's produced by Lester Mendez, whose other contribution to the disc is the bouncy "Walking on Air." It's more in keeping with the feel of Love is Dead, and the upcoming "Hurt Me" (track 9) both of which are heavy on the emotion and distortion. In another setting, or surrounded by other tracks "I Want Nothing" might fair better, but sandwiched between "The Creationist" and the island-ish/folksy "Up, Up, Up," it's jarring.

"Bulletproof" would be categorized as the power-ballad of the album if not for the title track. It's heavy on the percussion and electric distortion, yet still melodic. The only track produced by Dead Executives, "Beautiful Day" is a strange electronica-meets-hiphop-meets-sampling mash-up which wasn't my cup of tea. "Creepshow" is just weird and fun; you'll either like it or loathe it.

"Butterfly Cry" while pleasant and listenable is perhaps the most generic pop-ballad in the group.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Original and Absolutely Amazing!!! July 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Kerli's debut cd "Love Is Dead" is finally here! You will never listen to music like hers! Her music is so unique and different but it is a refreshing sound. Each song here showcases her talent and originality. She is from the small country of Estonia, but that doesn't mean her music is limited. This is truly original music. It is also available for a low price! If you don't believe that she is amazing, just listen to "Walking On Air" and try to get it out if your head after.

This cd definitely deserves to be in your collection!! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present
My daughter absolutely loves this album c.d. I guess they aren't albums any more! I'd recommend it to anyone. :)
Published 1 month ago by Tobi Jean Luft
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I love this cd! So many amazing songs! For anyone looking to give it a chance, listen to Walking on Air, The Creationist, and Strange Boy. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Album is Great!
We had never even heard of Kerli but discovered her on Vevo. We purchased the CD and love the whole thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awsome
i love kerli she is so awesome and fun she is a little bit of everything rock to dancy and shes adorkable defo recommend it !!
Published 16 months ago by kristin jorgensen
3.0 out of 5 stars eh
I love this album. However, when it arrived to me, the case was so badly cracked that i had to put the cd into a new case.
Published 17 months ago by Linkachu100
5.0 out of 5 stars the kids love Kerli!
I'd never heard of Kerli until my daughter found her on youtube and started playing her songs. I looked for a Kerli CD all over town--but couldn't find one anywhere! Read more
Published 18 months ago by jenn
5.0 out of 5 stars A fan overnight
Kerli embodies my favorite qualities in music - great mix of sound, rhythm, and vocals with a flair for unique style and quirkiness. Love love it.
Published 18 months ago by Wren Kelly York
5.0 out of 5 stars First Album Awesome
Kerli's first album I found by random youtube searchings after I was strolling around through techno/trance songs. Read more
Published 18 months ago by DJ C
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Kerli is so talented and so unique! This CD has very intricate songs that have a creepy yet soft tone to them thats makes it all so intriguing! Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars wtf
i never heard of this braod till i saw a pic of her on line just now. She looked kindaa odd, but hot, so i had to listen to her. all i can say is SUX. Read more
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