Album Review: Donatan & Cleo – “Hiper Chimera”

Hey guys! I have been waiting forever to release this review, but now I can! Poland’s Eurovision representatives – Cleo and Donatan, have released their long awaited album together: “Hiper Chimera”, and I think it’s time for us to review it! So what does the album entail and what are our thoughts on it? Keep reading to find out!

What do we think of "Hiper Chimera"?
What do we think of “Hiper Chimera”?

During their Eurovision participation, Donatan and Cleo hinted that more songs would be released, as their follow-up single to ‘My Słowianie’ – ‘Cicha Woda’ was taking off in the Polish charts. After Copenhagen, the duo released three more singles from the album, and after around a month and half – if not, more – of a build up, the long-anticipated album has finally been released, and boy what a great album it is!

Entitled ‘Hiper Chimera’, the album elaborates more on the wavelength that ‘My Słowianie’ was on: mixing modern pop with traditional Slavic instruments – mainly the accordion and violin. The album contains sixteen tracks and in its physical form, is made up of two CDs – one for the songs themselves and one for the instrumentals to the songs, which is actually quite surprising, seeming as Donatan (or should I say his label) was reluctant to release the karaoke version when Eurovision came knocking on the door. For me, one highlight of the album is ‘Ten Czas’, which was a collaboration of both Donatan, Cleo and Kamil Bednarek, another acclaimed Polish artist.

‘Ten Czas’ is a nice departure from the same genre the rest of the songs would fit into, as it is quite individual, what with its jazz influences, with a tinge of pop mixed in as well. The song is incredibly catchy and actually quite pleasant to listen to, as it tells a story, whether you understand what Cleo’s singing or not, and along with Bednarek’s rapping, it sounds like quite a nice song. Another main song I’d point out of the album would have to be the most recent single to be released – ‘Brać’, another collaboration – this time with Polish-Ukrainian band Enej.

As mentioned above, ‘Brać’ is the newest single from the album and talks about the Slavic company and its traits. However, I do sense the song has a slight anti-European undertone, with how the other European countries don’t understand the Slavs’ way of living and even going to the point of saying that it’s the President’s fault that they’re having to live like that. However, if we were to judge the album on its lyrical content, one would not be rating it as highly as one will. The song itself is actually quite catchy and once again is a mix of traditional Slavic-ness and pop, and the hype of the song has helped it to reach No. 9 in the Polish charts, so congratulations to Donatan, Cleo and Enej for that!

Other songs that are worth noting on the album are:

  • ‘Hiper Chimera’
  • ‘Vinylova’ (My joint favourite song on the album, along with ‘Hiper Chimera’ – it just adds more class to the album)
  • ‘Efekt Motyla’
  • ‘Sztorm’
  • Slavica‘ (The only other recorded song in English that see an unprecedented amount of twerking..all good!)

So, in reflection, the album is actually quite good and I did enjoy listening, because it’s a blend of Eastern European music and normal pop, which isn’t something you hear every day, aren’t I right, Elaiza! With Cleo’s almost seamless voice and the great mixture of music that’s on offer on the album, along with the countless collaborations, I would be willing to give it 10/10, but I’ll give it an 8.5/10, as there is always room for improvement in an album and hopefully Cleo will be able to perfect her voice and model it to fit any song that’s given to her. I know it’s incredibly early to say it, but I’m really looking forward to the next new songs that’ll get released!

Your views:

What's your opinion on 'Hiper Chimera'?
What’s your opinion on ‘Hiper Chimera’?

Svana Lístí Agnarsdóttir from Iceland: I like all the song on the album, but I can’t download them, which is so annoying!

Ilias Kozantinos from Cyprus: I really like ‘Sztorm’. It’s a sort of song I’d listen to, if it was in my native Greek.

Mariya Hristovla from Russia: It must be Brac for me, to show the Slavic brotherhood between us all!

Frederic Pomtoupon from France: The songs are ‘Slavica’ and ‘My Slowianie’ I like very much.

So it seems that everyone else has a different song that’s their personal favourite..and I’m sure that you yourself have a favourite from the album? So what do you think of the album? Have you bought it yet? If so, which song from the album is your favourite? Feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below!

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