Do you hear that? It’s the soothing sound of consistency. If you are looking for a disc of music that doesn’t rock any boats and offers a pleasantly honest gift of skills, then look no further than Samantha Crain’s Kid Face. This is one of those albums with the dual advantage of sharing music that caters both to the listener and the musician; there are no surprises or detours from Crain’s voice and talents.
The music is soft and melodic and shares with the listener both a range of skills and emotions. There is a certain amount of safety in her songs because none of them seem to challenge her full potential as an artist, but that is beside the point. Thankfully, for knowing her range, Crain does not stray from the roots that ground and sweeten her abilities. There are no self-indulgent or experimental failures waiting to pop like an overripe melon and ruin the overall effect.
What’s most appealing about this disc is how little effort it needs to be appealing. It certainly has the calm, average, girl-next-door-writing-in-in-her-diary sound to it, but that’s not necessarily a bad trait to have. On a comparative scale, you would find the songs somewhere between the white noise of your day and the opening act of a much-awaited concert; it’s always there, but without the push to be at the front of the line.
Kid Face is a mature and responsible display of raw talent. It’s very grown-up. Crain manages to hit every base as she rounds the field and create an album that’s just enough to satiate the listener’s tastes. It may not leave you hungry for more, but it will definitely leave you full for the moment.
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