- The Kid

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Rank: #89 / 581
USER SCORE
77
Based on
61 ratings

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100
A.V. Club

Her sixth full-length, The Kid, reaches a career high as the synthesist and composer ponders her existence, tracing the life cycle through four distinct stages.

90
Exclaim!

Emotionally tactile and blossoming with feeling, The Kid is a stunning record that demands attention, absorption and meditation, two LPs rich with wisdom.

81
Pitchfork

Her latest record The Kid stands apart as her most immediate and accessible yet.

80
AllMusic
The entire album is a stunning work of highly advanced kaleidoscopic new age pop, and is easily Smith's best and most accessible release to date.
80
The Skinny

On her sixth album in five years, composer and engineer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith continues to conjure entire galaxies from 1970s synthesisers – and The Kid is perhaps her grandest project yet.

80
Rolling Stone
Sounds don't align with the rhythms, and Smith's voice is awash in alien echoes. But as challenging as this avant-garde music is, it's also warm, absorbing and gorgeous.
80
The 405
It’s a beautiful, bouncing baby of a record that throws dozens of images, concepts and beats into a lush soundscape and moulds something wonderful.
70
PopMatters

Her new work, The Kid, continues the direction of her last solo work, EARS, but features fewer electronic elements in favor of organic instrumentation, no small move for someone who owes much of her earlier career to the Buchla modular systems.

70
Loud and Quiet
It’s charming, yes, and highly admirable from a cerebral perspective, but a little more abandon wouldn’t have gone amiss.
40
The Guardian
With modular synths growing densely around her multitracked voice, this album from Pacific-coastal artist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith becomes as lush, heady – and occasionally trying – as a rainforest.
Sep 8, 2017*
plowo
80
That cover art is amazinG

This album sounds like a mix of Animal Collective with Laurel Halo.

Favs: An Intention, A Kid, In the World, but Not of the World, To Follow & Lead and To Feel Your Best.
Oct 7, 2017
Razzle_Dazzle
63
From the low-key minimalism in thriving motion to the understatement of her greater talent in short range trasnmissions. As cerebral as may be, it doesn't reach to me as her earlier works and collaborations.

A shame, really :'(
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Track List
  1. I Am a Thought
  2. An Intention
  3. A Kid
  4. In the World
  5. I Am Consumed
  6. In the World, but Not of the World
  7. I Am Learning
  8. To Follow & Lead
  9. Until I Remember
  10. Who I Am & Why I Am Where I Am
  11. I Am Curious, I Care
  12. I Will Make Room for You
  13. To Feel Your Best


Added on: July 11, 2017