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The Kid

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

The Kid

Sixth album from the Orcas Island producer

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  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Reaches a career high as the synthesist and composer ponders her existence, tracing the life cycle through four distinct stages
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  2. 9.3 |   Paste Magazine

    She has put in the time to master her instrument of choice, and she combines that mastery with top-shelf compositional skills. As a result, she sounds like no one else
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Emotionally tactile and blossoming with feeling, The Kid is a stunning record that demands attention, absorption and meditation
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  4. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    On her most accessible album yet, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith draws out the organic qualities of her Buchla modular synth
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  5. 8.0 |   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
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  6. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    She uses her vintage keys, modular gear, mesmeric arrangements and ethereal voice to construct a rich fantasy world
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  7. 8.0 |   Resident Advisor

    While it's called The Kid, the LP shows Smith has matured as an artist
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  8. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    With her latest album The Kid, Smith has fully bloomed
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The beating heart behind The Kid is the curiosity and delight that Smith brings to her meticulous electronic compositions
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  10. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    As challenging as this avant-garde music is, it's also warm, absorbing and gorgeous
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  11. 8.0 |   All Music

    Easily Smith's best and most accessible release to date
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  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A hugely satisfying example of Smith's wholesome and harmonious vision
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  13. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Smith’s delivery recalls a shy teenager recording in a bedroom or the understated way we sing to ourselves in the shower. The lyrics focus on her place in the world, a self-affirmation of purpose
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  14. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s the emotional fluctuations that cement the record’s prevailing, exhilarating effect on the listener
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  15. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The music isn’t as tidy as the premise. It’s a mess, stuck in a weird limbo between pop and freeform psych that leaves you unsure how to listen to it
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  16. 6.0 |   The Observer

    A charming electronic exploration of life
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  17. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    Analogue psychedelia with some growing up to do
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