Chloe x Halle’s album, The Kids are Alright, radiates youthful joy and proves the future of R&B is bright.
Chloe x Halle, a sister duo raised in Atlanta, is giving a glimpse into what the next generation of R&B will look like, and it’s promising. Halle described herself and her sister as “two young girls who just like to make really cool, experimental music that you don’t really hear every day, and we just want to break barriers and make something new.” That is exactly what they have done with their latest album, The Kids are Alright.
When the sisters were just 15 and 13, they posted a video of their cover of Beyoncé's “Pretty Hurts.” Two weeks later, they received an email from Parkwood Entertainment (Beyoncé’s recording company) and discovered that she wanted to sign them. That was in January 2014. Since then, Chloe (19) and Halle (17) have toured with Bey as her opening act on the European leg of her Formation World Tour, modeled for Ivy Park, and made appearances in her visual album, Lemonade. The sisters have roles in Grown-ish, and their song, Grown (which is on their new album) serves as the show’s theme song. They are also featured on the A Wrinkle in Time soundtrack. Ava DuVernay, the director, reached out to them for a song, so they wrote “Warrior”. As written by Refinery29, “these girls are killing it.”
While the R&B duo was creating The Kids are Alright, they were thankful for Beyoncé because she reminded them “that you don’t have to dumb down your art for the world — you can keep creating new, innovative things and let the world catch up to you.” With its themes of youthful wisdom and brightness, their album relays this advice to listeners. In an interview with People, Chloe described their new albums message: “There’s this underestimation of the younger generation right now, wondering if the world will be okay for us, and we’re just letting the world know: We got this.” Chloe and Halle worked on the album for three years, with little help from other collaborators. They feel like “this album is our baby.” According to Time Magazine, “the duo shines as vocalists and hands-on musicians on the album: Halle plays guitar while Chloe is the production whiz, and both are credited as songwriters on every track.” With Beyoncé as their mentor, it’s no surprise that their latest album is outstanding.
It is clear that the sisters put a lot of work into their album. The second track, “The Kids are Alright”, introduces the album impeccably, with lyrics like “If I'm in the mood I get as ratchet as I wanna, turn around and show you, I could bless you with some culture.” and “everything is new cause we about that innovation.” The girls have beautiful voices that make their album easy on the ears and incredibly smooth. On The Kids are Alright, Chloe x Halle sing about what it’s like to be young. They sing about love, growing up, loving yourself, and in “Everywhere”, they sing about making bank. Everywhere is my personal favorite on the album. The song is an anthem of girl power (“I got money everywhere, fallin’ from the trees”). “Hi Lo” and “Happy Without Me”, some other gems of the album, communicate the hardships of love and moving on from a relationship. The Kids are Alright is the ideal soundtrack for spring. The album’s flow is impressive and the duo’s art is most definitely not dumbed down.
Chloe x Halle are young icons! They’re encouraging other young women to “speak their mind, and speak what they want.” In an interview with Refinery29, Chloe said "two is better than one, one thousand is better than one. When one wins, we all win," and “girls could rule the world." Chloe and Halle are inspiring women to create in an authentic way and proving that “we a genius generation.”