Chloe Baker is a young, yet courageous artist, who isn’t afraid to say what other girls are thinking. Although she may appear to be in her innocent and naive youth (namely, still in high school), her self-titled release delivers a different persona. The album is an eight track anecdote twisting through her experiences and thoughts, but with a mature perspective. Baker, with the help of her musically brilliant father, Michael Baker, are Bitter’s Kiss: a local and favorite in Northern New Jersey.
The album starts off with the title track, her voice melodically high, pure, and polished. Her voice is classic and somewhat somber. “Love Won’t Make You Cry,” is prettily melancholy, invoking similar emotions once felt with Death Cab For Cutie’s, Plans. She released a video for “The Rope” which is just as twisted as growing up: “Do your angels keep you waiting? How much longer can you cope? There’s a quicker way to Heaven, if you can find yourself a rope.” She’s exposing the impenetrable issues of teenage depression and suicide—something that we can all say we have seen, if not been affected by. Her album isn’t all heartaches and dilemmas, although Baker can make rejection seem like a graceful way of learning. Michael Baker is an alluring guitar player, and “Lovin’ Life” shows he could put together a harmonious, electronic track as well. “Too Far Too Fast” shows she has not totally abandoned the sense of hope. “You’re gonna find out who you are, you might be a star,” she sings.
I hope for Bitter’s Kiss to thrive in the impending future, as more empowerment is needed for other young girls. I’m sure as she grows into adulthood, the music will follow.
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