It isn't due out until Friday, but Kimbra's Primal Heart is already faring well with critics.

The Hamilton pop star's new album is an all-star effort, with production by Skrillex and reported appearances by Childish Gambino and the Dirty Projectors.

We've already had a taste of Kimbra's third record with singles including the Skrillex-produced Top of the World and the cruisy Ladyhawke influences of Like They Do on TV.

But critics who've heard the whole thing say there's more where they came from.


"If there's any musical justice, Kimbra's third studio album should be the one that finally catapults the New Zealander to the acclaim she deserves," writes Associated Press critic Mark Kennedy.

Kennedy goes on to praise her "impressive range, from glistening techno-pop to string-and-piano-fed torch songs to even a world beat-driven club banger".

Cryptic Rock also praised Kimbra's versitility across the album.

"Kimbra is one of those rare artists who does not give a flying squirrel about genre: on Primal Heart, she crosses back and forth without a care to craft songs that are cohesive and yet display her beautiful versatility," writes critic Jeannie Blue.

And in a four-star review, praise it as "a sweet, psychedelic daydream".

Primal Heart is out on Friday.