Sister act releases a new album


Kimberly Stelly,

Sisters Chloe X Halle are able to make a seamless transition from YouTube musicians to signed recording artists on their debut album “The Kids Are Alright.” With this album, the duo melds clean vocals, catchy melodies and surreal, layered harmonies with relatable hooks. Even the intro “Hello Friend” and the interludes “Baptize” and “FaLaLa,” are worth noting whereas other albums from other artists practically beg you to skip the these sort of tracks. Oddly enough, these tracks showcase what’s best about the project.

The title track is the anthem that captures youthful innocence and arrogance. The main theme in the song is a  carefree adolescence which includes experiences with friendships, partying and self-confidence — all the markers of a song made by a young person.

In terms of theme, it’s similar to another song on this album “Grown,” which can be heard on the show “Grow-nish,” the show where Chloe and Halle have recurring roles. In comparison to “The Kids Are Alright,” “Grown” reads more like an anthem for 18-year-olds who have all the confidence of a person who knows what they’re doing in life, but without the knowledge. However, it comes across as endearing rather than annoying. Whether you like one of the two songs better than the other is just a matter of instrumental preference.

Hopeful piano-heavy ballad “Fall,” is a syrupy track encouraging listeners to “follow the gold at the end of the rainbow.” It’s simple and soft and is a solid conclusion to an album with so many well-produced tracks on it.

The overarching theme of the albums is having self-confidence and persevering regardless of negative experiences, but also taking some time to enjoy all the good moments life has to offer.

It’s hard to pin down a specific high point  of the album because every song is well-produced and flows well with the other songs on the track. Each song is similar enough that there’s but different enough so  that they don’t all bleed into each other.

And they were able to pull off a cohesive soundtrack with only two featured artists — Goldlink and Joey Bada$$ — which is impressive because this means they can carry their own weight without having to rely on the constant influence of other artists. Collaborations are great but sometimes, the artist’s unique sound or voice will get lost when other people are added to the mix.

That is not the case with this album.

Whether you’re new to their music, or you’ve been a fan since their YouTube days, Chloe X Halle have been musically consistent and their hard work is evident on everything they produce including their 2016 EP and their 2017 mixtape. “The Kids Are Alright” is no exception.