The Record Scratch reviews a multitude of different genres and artists in order to explore the vast world of music. (Ashley Edwards)
The Record Scratch reviews a multitude of different genres and artists in order to explore the vast world of music.

Ashley Edwards

The Record Scratch: Khalid Suppresses His “Free Spirit”

Khalid's second studio album, "Free Spirit" is far too tame for its title.

September 30, 2019

In 2017, singer-songwriter Khalid released “American Teen” which included songs such as “Young Dumb and Broke” and “Location”: #1 hits of most house parties and ballads of 21st century teen culture. Now in 2019, Khalid released a new album whose songs do not live up to the name —  this “Free Spirit” is far too tame.

The intro was a dream; Khalid’s singing flowed like silk. He undeniably confesses to a lover how he “never thought [they] would make it this far,” and that he needed to find his worth in somebody or something else. Hearing him admit his truth through powerful melodies could send chills down anyone’s spine. Sadly, the chills cease here. 

The next six songs repeat the aforementioned sentiments about love with the same sound. The only outlier was the hit single “Talk” that has been overplayed ruthlessly by local radio. 

I hoped that the features on the album would help with the monotonous tone. However, even with SAFE on “Don’t Pretend”  and John Mayer on “Outta My Head”, the sound remained a bore. 

The only songs I truly appreciated other than the introduction were “Better” and “Outta My Head”. “Better” being on this list may or may not be a result of the constant earworm I suffered from it being played continuously on radio stations alongside “Talk”.

I will cut Khalid some slack, however, he is only 21 years old and has time to grow. Like me and other teenagers/young adults, we’re still figuring ourselves out– and it is reflective in this album. He has a substantial amount of talent that I hated to see wasted in “Free Spirit”.

Like Khalid, this album doesn’t know what it wants to represent and it sabotaged the sound tremendously; Khalid is cemented in the middle of wanting to be himself and somebody else. I encourage him to take the leash off his spirit and let loose, he has so much to gain from it.

 

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