CD | R&B | 05 Apr 2019
21-year-old El Paso-native singer/songwriter Khalid is one of the most successful breakthrough artists in the last 18-24 months.
He released his debut album “American Teen”, which is certified Gold in Australia in March 2017, and has since continued his industry take-over and making his mark on several internationally chart-topping singles with Benny Blanco, Martin Garrix, Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes Calvin Harris, Logic and more! Now he’s releasing his highly anticipated sophomore album “Free Spirit” due for release on April 5!
Last year Khalid was honoured with a “Key To The City” from the Mayor and Council of the city of El Paso, marking September 13th, 2018 “Khalid Day.” While in his hometown, Khalid performed two sold-out arena shows and dropped the track ‘Better’ dedicated to his fans and the city of El Paso. The track is certified 3x Platinum in Australia and is a top 10 ARIA Single!
Khalid was nominated for FIVE Grammy Awards in 2018, including ‘Best New Artist’. He also took out 4th place in the BBC Sound of 2018 poll. He also embarked on his debut Aus/NZ American Teen tour in November 2017, playing sold out shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.
Review of Khalid - Free Spirit by Thomas Bleach
It’s crazy just how massive Khalid has become over the past couple of years. From being the newcomer that everyone was talking about to now becoming one of the biggest pop-stars in the world, he really has transformed himself as an artist. His sophomore studio album ‘Free Spirit’ hears him continuing the synth soaked R&B-pop fusion that his debut album ‘American Teen’ introduced. However this time around he dives a little deeper and shows a more mature and reflective side of his artistry. With the simply titled ‘Intro’, instead of giving a brief little teased moment he actually gives you a fully fledged track that takes a cinematic approach to it’s moody synth production. Detailing a break-up, he sets the theme of heartbreak well and reflects on how he believes he may be the reason it didn't work out. From there it gets moodier and darker as he admits his bad luck in the catchy and appropriately titled ‘Bad Luck’ whilst he croons through ‘My Bad’ and ‘Better’. His debut album was full of upbeat and reflective synth tracks that had you dancing, bopping and grooving so it only seems right that he throws it back to that sound for the absolute tune ‘Talk’ which has become a worldwide hit whilst ‘Right Back’ is a hit waiting to be unleashed. It’s got a groovy synth that isn't over produced and gives you a 90’s vibe that is so in sync to the current musical trends. But the majority of the album sits within this dreamy and moody synth realm that is the perfect soundtrack to your late afternoon road trips or your early morning sunrises. ‘Don’t Pretend’, ‘Paradise’, ‘Twenty One’, ‘Bluffin’ and ‘Self’ perfectly represent this goal that he set out to create. ‘Hundred’ turns up the production with a heavier beat that still manages to perfectly fit in with it’s surrounding tracks. However the albums pure stand out moment comes during the John Mayer collaboration, ‘Outta My Head’. This is everything you ever wanted from Khalid. It’s groovy, lead by a slick guitar riff and just gives you emotion and soul. It also makes sense melodically to have John Mayer feature because it really implements his roots well. The love sick song dives into the lust and obsession that comes when you fall in love and can’t get them out of your head. “Cause the days get brighter when you're here. So I gotta keep you near. Going crazy and I just can't get you outta my head”. It transitions into the title track ‘Free Spirit’ which embodies the whole atmosphere of the album which is about figuring life out. From falling in love, to heartbreak, to ambitions, to just figuring out who you are. It’s a journey and that’s what this album represents. From start to finish, be prepared to fall in love, feel emotional and have your heartbroken whilst ready to get lost in the fresh air of life.
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Title: Free Spirit
Release Date: 05 Apr 2019
Catalogue No: 19075919372
2. Bad Luck
3. My Bad
6. Right Back
7. Don’t Pretend x SAFE
10. Outta My Head with John Mayer
11. Free Spirit
12. Twenty One
17. Saturday Nights