As an old guy (I’ll be 37 soon), I appreciated the low-key delivery and epicenter insights, into what it means to be an “American teen” these days provided by Khalid’s debut album, American Teen. With sentiments involving this newest generation’s take on the “American Dream,” the inhibiting nature of limited cash flow, and digital ethics/GPS privacy, this album has a lot to offer, even beyond educating an old guy on “kids these days.” (Glad to know they still find winter cold.)
Suggested Use: If you’re a teenager, this seems like a great album to chill out with just before first period, maybe on that walk to school or while you’re taking a moment to update your web-comic or something, in the Commons. If you’re a bit older, lock the doors, pull the blinds, and absorb this album’s beats and battery of experiences while you fill up your pill organizer for the week, because who knows? You might just run into a teenager again one of these days and find you have more in common with them than you knew.