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Chloe x Halle release a powerful debut album

April 12, 2018

 

“The Kids Are Alright” Chloe x Halle – Five out of Five Stars

 

Jené Flowers

Staff Reporter | jmf059@latech.edu

 

From YouTube to being signed by Beyoncé, Chloe and Halle Bailey are teenage sisters taking the music and television industry by storm.

 

Chloe, 19, and Halle, 18, are self-taught singer-songwriters that also star in the ABC series “Grown-ish” as twins Jazz and Sky.

 

Since being signed, in addition to their work on TV, they have been featured in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” visual album and maintain primary creative control of their own work.

 

Released March 23, “The Kids Are Alright” served as Chloe x Halle’s debut album that followed their 2016 EP “Sugar Symphony” and 2017 self-released mixtape “The Two of Us.” Before the album’s debut, their singles “Grown” and “The Kids Are Alright” were released in December 2017 and January 2018. “Grown” is the theme song that was written by Chloe x Halle specifically for “Grown-ish.”

 

With 16 tracks and two bonus tracks, “The Kids Are Alright” is an R&B album with a resounding message throughout — as adults worry about the world their children will inherit, Chloe x Halle pronounce the intelligence and resilience of the younger generation.  To further convey their message, they released a short film featuring samples of songs throughout the album and cinematography that parallels the meaning of their lyrics.

 

In the short film, I found myself fixated to the strong visuals used. Though each song had different sounds and messages, along with the changing color schemes, the combination of various editing techniques made the transitions between songs work seamlessly.

 

“Grown,” the album’s first single, tackles issues like taking the world head on, embracing mistakes and learning with each day that passes. Written from their personal experience as blossoming young women and artists, the song reflects the voices of listeners old and young.

 

Personally, in addition to its catchiness, I appreciate “Grown” for its awareness. Being able to sing along while also resonating with the lyrics, I’m able to connect with the song more emotionally.

 

“Warrior,” featured in Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” resounds as a chant, using second person to draw the listener into the song’s message of prosperity. Written after the release of the movie’s trailer, Chloe x Halle used keywords and scenes from the trailer to formulate the song.

 

The message of the song is simple, but the feeling I get from listening and singing along is empowering.

 

Throughout their album, inspiration taken from their mentor, Beyoncé, is prevalent. Chloe x Halle are also similar to Beyoncé in that their music speaks personally but also to a larger audience with a greater meaning.

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