It’s been a minute since we last heard from Kym Brown. Well, several minutes; Brown last released a full-length album in the previous millennium, way back in 1999.
The always-quirky Vancouver-born singer-songwriter has mostly lived in London since then, which accounts for the trace of an English accent that now colours her voice—especially evident in the spoken verses of “Almost Happy”, which opens Cursery Rhymes. Brown has evidently had time to explore various genres, resulting in a record that runs from delicately ethereal electronica (“Tell Me Now”) to shuffling folk-pop (“Fishtanked”) to unabashed big shiny pop (“Fast As I Can”). She should do this more often!