Five thoughts after first listen: Chloe x Halle – ‘The Kids Are Alright’
Chloe x Halle first pivoted to elite attention, when they signed to Beyonce‘s Parkwood Entertainment back in 2013. Several years later in 2017, the pair returned to the mainstream conversation with their biggest acting gig to date on FreeformsGrownish. Now, after cultivating a following, the dynamic duo stand tall with their debut album The Kids Are Alright. After a first-play which was surprising for many reasons, LØST CULTURE highlights exactly why Chloe x Halle have made such a long-lasting impression.
1). The harmonies don’t lie
One of the first indicators that this project was something special, was the incredible harmonies executed by Chloe x Halle throughout the album. Tracks such as Hi-Lo, display perfectly what the pair can do. Evidently, both singers have worked on perfecting this avenue of their craft for years. The album as a whole is smooth as hell because of this instrumental component. Kudos
2). 18 tracks never felt so short
The album is a whopping 18 tracks long. However, it doesn’t feel nearly as long because of the quality of the records. On any commute, the album speeds by in an instant and before long you’re sat there wondering how it ended so soon. A testament to the interludes, production, and lack of fillers which aid this strong debut.
3). The project stays true to its name throughout
The LP as a whole is littered with references and situations that most millennials growing up use/go through. As The Kids Are Alright progresses, it becomes even more relatable, this again adds to its multifaceted appeal.
“That fake woke hashtaggin’ // Flexin like they have it // Silicone they body // They fake all they hobbies”
For example (Fake chorus), is a very direct reference to 18-30-year-olds currently, and the social media generation.
4). Chloe and Halle are bigger than Grownish
Grownish gave Chloe x Halle the platform to flex their acting muscles, however, if it isn’t clear at this point they are so much more than that. In fact, as the album deepens, it becomes instantly clear that singing and the ability to craft quality tracks is their best asset. Sure, acting can help facilitate this and build their brand, but they need to continue with the studio sessions because if this is the pair at debut album stages, it’s exciting to think where they could be five years from now.
5). It’s great to see R&B in a revitalized state
The Kids Are Alright is a testament to R&B being back to its glory days. Projects such as Solange’s A Seat At The Table and Miguels War & Leisure have obviously proven this, but it’s nice to see new, emerging talent not only take the reigns of the genre but contribute quality and fresh takes on it. Chloe x Halle do an incredible job of leaning on their predecessors, but also being contemporary and forward-thinking with contributions from the likes of Goldlink and Kari Faux being added into the mix.
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