Khalid Returns with the Release of his New EP, Suncity

Marvin Villanueva, Senior

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Newly praised teen heartthrob, Khalid comes out with his new EP, Suncity.

Khalid, the young R&B crooner, first gained massive public notoriety through the release of his breakout single, “Location” back in July 2016.

Seemingly, for Khalid, the song showcased a laid out future in the music industry that was all ready to be produced. With rich, smooth vocals blending perfectly with a crisp, electronic soul sound, he had the potential to be huge.

In many respects, he did this with “Location” reaching quadruple platinum and his debut album American Teen receiving massive commercial success.

Yet, American Teen held its own faults. Throughout the album, Khalid fails to live up to the same passion that “Location” held and could not demonstrates staying power to last out a full-length release. Nevertheless, American Teen and “Location” showed that the young artist held potential to possibly create something of true merit.

Fast-forward to today, Khalid attempts to add some of this depth to his release of a new EP. Unfortunately, he produces a disaster.

Suncity is an absolute snoozer.

Kicking off with the very slow-paced “Vertigo,” Khalid asks,“Are we alive/are we dreaming?” and honestly, paired with its lullaby sounding violin chords, the listener should be literally dreaming. This dull escapade continues with the the absolutely motionless, “Motion,” where in one of Khalid’s worst hours, he produces the driest vocals to date, coupled with its extremely barron instrumentation, creates an utterly dismal track that holds no substance.

As if this was not bad enough, Khalid tops his own failures with his immensely lackluster title track. Here, Khalid follows cheap mainstream pop trends and tries to add Spanish vocals.

Since the release of the Justin Bieber remix of the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee single, “Despacito,” the notion that if an artist add Spanish vocals to a song, it would sound worldly. But in most cases, like Bieber and Khalid’s, the attempt just comes off as awkward and forced, leaving a sour taste to the work as a whole.

Ultimately, by constructing a bland spectacle, Khalid proves to be as captivating as elevator music, with Suncity’s only saving grace being the fact that it was only twenty-one minutes long.

If Khalid does not turn his career around, he will live with wasted potential. If this becomes reality, it is not just disappointing, but actually truly devastating.

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