Sister duo Chloe x Halle released their debut album, The Kids Are Alright, on March 23. They are signed to Beyoncé's label, Parkwood Entertainment. The 17 and 19 year old wrote and produced the entire tracklist in their living room; talk about iconic status. Each day for three years, they created a song and have over 400. After two EPs, a mixtape and three years of hard work, dedication and tears, their debut is finally here for the world to hear.
Their debut is a bold statement that they're breaking boundaries of R&B and are innovators of their own personal twist of the limitless direction and sound that the genre can reach. The album features GoldLink, Kari Faux and Joey Bada$$.
Z's Top 3 Tracks
First off, let's talk about how fire the transition from "FaLaLa (Interlude)" into "Fake" is. "Fake" is easily one of the best produced tracks on the album. Chloe x Halle are coming at producers' necks with grace. If you weren't aware before, they are the princesses of harmonies. Their angelic harmonies balance the track's upbeat almost trap-like sound.
"Fake" is about them taking all the shade coming their way and throwing it right back in plain sight. The ATL in them came out for this one. Rapper Kari Faux rode the beat with ease and Chloe x Halle were right up to speed. The track has so much potential to be a single!
"Down" has my favorite chorus on the album from the beat drop to the lyrics. Beyoncé's influence is undeniable on this track. It reminds me of baby Bey on her own solo debut album, Dangerously in Love. The background vocals alone prove they're not just singers, but are vocalists ahead of their time.
"Happy Without Me"
I feel like this is the track where listeners really get to personally connect with the emotions that Chloe x Halle are expressing. They transformed such a complicated and relatable feeling that we all face into a mesmerizing melodious song. When Halle said, "I feel a little bit dumb, just a little bit sprung, just a little too late", I felt that. Plus, the line is super catchy.
Both Halle's jazz influence and Chloe's sass and edge with Hip-hop elements complement the track. Joey Bada$$ also adds a great finishing touch, of course. It's a bop where I can be in my feelings and hit the Uzi shoulder simultaneously. Chloe x Halle have performed it on Jimmy Kimmel, so I'm taking the hint that this is their next single.
Chloe x Halle's stunning debut is them continuing to shake the table of not being afraid to bring something new, refreshing and unique to the industry. Their ability to bring so many different flavors and sounds into one project and it still feels cohesive and not all over the place is simply amazing. They can literally make their way into any genre that they choose.
On top of making futuristic production, their lyrics overflow with meaningful and empowering messages for young women like themselves. Their artistry is overwhelming in the best way possible. These young icons served vocals, production, visuals and a short film effortlessly. As Beyoncé has proclaimed, they are the future of music.
What are your favorite songs on the album? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!