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American Teen

American Teen

by Khalid Khalid
American Teen

American Teen

by Khalid Khalid


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Khalid Robinson made major commercial headway in early 2017 with "Location," a drowsy, teetering ballad the singer and songwriter seemed to deliver while lying on his bed, or maybe someone else's couch, eyes glued to his phone, just after waking up. In that song, and through much of what fills out American Teen, his debut album, Robinson's not one to get worked up. He's in no particular rush, content to drift through life while accepting, and occasionally sort of celebrating, the present. "American Teen" itself -- hollowed-out late-'80s mall pop with a disco-funk bassline -- is a youth anthem of shrugging aimlessness. There's not a whole lot of enthusiasm for revelry, dulled by substances, apathy, a combination of the two, or just the aspiration to look the part: "I'm so faded off of all the things I've taken, and maybe I'm not really drunk, maybe I'm really good at faking." There are points at which Robinson makes Frank Ocean sound like Teddy Pendergrass. On "Young Dumb & Broke," the mere concept of commitment seems so silly to him that he can't be bothered to enunciate the word, or maybe he just lost interest after the second syllable. After a nonchalant chorus that consists primarily of the song's title and a lethargic warble -- surprise -- he dumps one of his best melodies in the bridge. While he opens "Another Sad Love Song" by confessing "I'm not the best at showing my emotions," some bright moments make it apparent that Robinson has clearly sold himself short. Dusty ballad "Cold Blooded," in particular, demonstrates that he's perfectly capable of conveying grief without being overly demonstrative. When alert, he can be a force.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2017
Label: Rca
UPC: 0889854143220
catalogNumber: 541432
Rank: 18392


  1. American Teen
  2. Young Dumb & Broke
  3. Location
  4. Another Sad Love Song
  5. Saved
  6. Coaster
  7. 8TEEN
  8. Let's Go
  9. Hopeless
  10. Cold Blooded
  11. Winter
  12. Therapy
  13. Keep Me
  14. Shot Down
  15. Angels

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Khalid   Primary Artist
Jessica Nwokike   Background Vocals
Ivana Nwokike   Background Vocals
Orlando Gomez   Acoustic Guitar
Leslie Johnson   Bass
Jake Austin   Guitar
Alfredo Gonzalez   Piano

Technical Credits

Joel Little   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Jon Mills   Composer
Courtney Stewart "Court Luv"   Executive Producer
Samuel Jiminez   Composer
Khalid   Liner Notes
Talay Riley   Composer
Carl Dimataga   Composer
Tina Ibañez   Art Direction
Tunji Balogun   Executive Producer
Ozan Yildirim   Composer
Noah Gale   Composer
Kurtis McKenzie   Composer
Jerome Potter   Composer
Joshua Scruggs   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Ramon Ibanga   Composer
Mike "Scribz" Riley   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Sam Griesemer   Composer
Tunji Ige   Producer
Sevn Thomas   Producer
DJDS   Producer,Engineer
Rupert Thomas   Composer
Smash David   Producer
Khalid Robinson   Composer
Orlando Gomez   Composer,Engineer
Olatunji Ige   Composer
Nick Martin   Composer
Nathaniel Hernandez   Composer
Mike Sabri   Engineer
Leslie Johnson   Composer
Komari Bailey   Engineer
Jake Austin   Composer
Hiko Momoji   Producer
Dave Sava6e   Additional Production
Daniel Picciotto   Composer,Additional Production
Cameron Hale   Composer
Calvin Tarvin   Composer
Bryan Medina   Composer,Producer
Atilla Elci   Composer
Alfredo Gonzalez   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Bajram Kurti   Composer

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