Khalid: Free Spirit review streaming star crashes into cliche

After a meteoric social-media rise, the Gen-Z singers second effort is less original in spite of the big-name producers onboard Like that of Kylie Jenner shared Snapchats of themselves listening to his music that his career really took off. Now it exists in a realm where success isnt necessarily reflected in anything as last-century as chart placings: Khalids debut album, sold out two nights at Londons 5,000-capacity Hammersmith Apollo. Its easy to see why teens took to him. Eighteen when his first single, feature film to go with it. But it also leaves Free Spirit with a familiar problem. If youve risen to fame by documenting everyday teenage life, what are you going to write about when youre patently not …

‘Blackness will never go away’: how Solange takes pride in her roots

At an immersive, city-wide multimedia presentation of her new album When I Get Home, the singer-songwriter explains how her childhood home of Houston nourished her creative spirit Its one thing to think with your spirit, says Solange Knowles. Its another to actually live it through your body. The Solange of today works with feelings, grooves, and frequencies in mind. If When I Get Home, her latest release, is the sonic manifestation of that blackness. Staccato rhythms and meditative mantras designed to ground and heal her after time on the road ripple on through the bodies of her listeners. Its an album about settling into familiarity: with yourself, the people around you, and the places one calls home. At the SHAPE …