The highlight of this seven-track E.P. is “The Lucky Ones,” an effervescent dance-pop number that’s already hit No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club play chart. Clearly though, Kerli isn’t relying in the slightest on luck; her resume includes having written the platinum hit “Skyscraper” for Demi Lovato and for this effort of her own, she’s enlisted big gun producers SeventyEight and Switch (M.I.A., Diplo.)
Surprisingly, not everything on Utopia is geared to the dance floor. The piano-driven “Love Me or Leave Me” is delivered with a clear and strong voice that reflects the fact that an ultimatum is being issued, but the song still drips with uncertainty and hopefulness. “Sugar” is perhaps the most interesting inclusion as Kerli uses quirky beats and very girlish vocals to end up with a finished product that makes her sound like she could be Kate Bush’s daughter.
These are aspects of Kerli that fans will get to know as they lap up her dance floor extravaganzas like the also hit bound “Can’t Control the Kids.” The seventh track on Utopia is a Syn Cole vs Kerli remix of “The Lucky Ones,” a nice touch considering that the original is getting tons of club play.