Release Date: May 19th 2023
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
Cimorelli, oh Cimorelli… is there anything we’ve said about this band that needs to be said again? The six sisters Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Dani Cimorelli, from El Dorado Hills, California (well… 5, because Dani left the band in 2020!)? If you’re an avid reader of our site, then you’ve probably read every post about the six sisters… and you might be thinking that a review like this- ‘yet another review of Cimorelli!’- can seem like overkill. And yes, you may be right. From the outside perspective, it could seem like we’re so intensely following the band that it’s creepy and borderline obsessive? … However, let me just say that because the six sisters have played a massive part in both of us leaping out and investigating mainstream music, and hence enjoying tracks we’ve never hear in a million years…well it stands to reason that we’d always have a place for Cimorelli in our hearts! You may think that’s weird, but that’s the way it is, no need for any further reasons.
I’m not going to dive into the girls’ history nor their discography. You can peruse our site to read our reviews on Alive, Sad Girls’ Club, I Love You Or Whatever, Here’s To Us, Guess Who’s Singing, and Christmas Lights; and you can also check them out on Wikipedia. Jon’s also blogged about Cimorelli as being one of the most influential artists of all time; while I did briefly speak about season 1 of their podcast here (which is on YouTube in full, as opposed to subsequent seasons being split on YouTube and Patreon!). There is so much you can read about the group, about these young women who have influenced our musical tastes immensely and greatly… so is it possible for you all to read about them in these embedded posts (perhaps right now?) before you read on?
Because now, Cimorelli have released something new. Well… they release something new virtually all the time, be it singles or EP’s or albums or covers or podcast episodes or music videos… but this… is something extremely different. It’s an original song. The last time Cimorelli released an original song, it was “Move On” from last year. And before that, it was “Kills Me Just The Same” and “You Don’t Miss Me At All” from early last year. Before that, it was “I Am Enough” from 2020… you get the picture- their original material is few and far between these days. But fast forward to now, and these girls have unveiled 1 more new original song- “SKIN”, which released in May this year. Musically and thematically, this is Cimorelli at the top of their game, and as the 5 sisters powerfully, emotionally, and vulnerably reiterate and outline harrowing and moving inspiring and uplifting songs (as well as relationship songs!); these lyrics hit hard and are relevant and relatable to probably all of us. Especially “SKIN”, which speaks about knowing your true worth and believing that you are more than skin deep, and that you are more than who you look like (similar in theme to “Pretty Pink” and “Who Told You”, and “Beautiful” from Christina Aguilera); we are met with a melody that speaks to our soul and speaks about not caring about the opinions of others, but knowing your worth in your own eyes, and God’s eyes.
Cimorelli haven’t recorded a full-length original album since the 2017 album Sad Girls’ Club. They’re still steadily recording new music (and this year progressing quite nicely in their video podcast); and if you all dive deeper into their discography, then I’m certain you all will find a song that will resonate with you. These girls are undoubtedly talented, and though we (and maybe they!) may not know what the future holds; one thing we can do is listen to their music. These songs are impacting and inspiring- and Cimorelli indeed is a group that deserves more attention, accolades, and praise! Well done girls, I can’t wait to hear what’s next in store for you!
RIYL: BarlowGirl, Rachel Platten, 1GN, Carmen Justice, Jamie Grace, Royal Tailor, Britt Nicole, Taylor Swift, Alessia Cara