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Kimbra performs on stage as part of Big Day Out Festival at the Gold Coast Parklands on January 22, 2012 in Gold Coast, Australia.
NPR's music critic Ann Powers joins the show to review new albums from two women outside of the U.S., Cold Specks and Kimbra.
"I Predict a Graceful Expulsion" is Cold Specks first album. Cold Specks, born Al Spx, is a 24-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter. Spx chose the name "Cold Specks" as her stage name, since her parents don't approve of her profession. The name Cold Specks comes from a line in James Joyce's Ulysses: "born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness." Ann Powers describes her sound as bluesy doom soul.
The 22-year-old New Zealander Kimbra first made waves on the music scene after being featured in Gotye's song "Somebody That I Used To Know." "Vows" is her first full length album release.
Ann Powers, NPR music critic who joins Madeleine every other Tuesday to discuss new music.