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  • Summary: The first full-length solo release for the indie singer-songwriter features a guest appearance from Joseph "JoJo" Clarke.
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  1. Mojo
    Sep 9, 2021
    80
    It's almost too strenuous in its attempts to top its predecessors, 20212's Big Inner and 2015's Fresh Blood, but once inside White's all-enveloping world, there's no space to worry too much. [Oct 2021, p.98]
  2. Uncut
    Sep 9, 2021
    80
    K Bay probes the Richmond, VA-based artist's teeming psyche while advancing his anything-does record-making style. [Oct 2021, p.34]
  3. Sep 9, 2021
    80
    The 11 tracks on K Bay take us on a turbulent journey of sound and mind. This is more of a trip to the carnival than The Twilight Zone. The songs are stops along the midway of White’s mind rather than one’s imagination. He shows off his skills as a musician, writer, and producer and invites the listener along for the ride. When it’s over, one wants to go on again for kicks.
  4. The Wire
    Sep 9, 2021
    80
    Whether K Bay is progressive rock or not, White hooks you in with his big warm voice and big tunes, and then goes weird on you in such a strong way that he can’t really be asked to leave. [Aug 2021, p.55]
  5. Sep 15, 2021
    75
    The sound of K Bay is so good—so plump, so crisp, so tapered and whooshed—that White can seem like a studio hermit whose talent keeps thwarting his solitude.
  6. 60
    For all of his disparity, he still holds to some basic pop precepts and a style and stance that find him staying within the realms of a giddy musical motif. There’s little not to like, and those that appreciate abject originality plied from a generally left-of-center persona ought to find K Bay a mostly pleasing proposition.
  7. Sep 10, 2021
    60
    While he’s sounding as bold and varied as ever, White’s songwriting feels a little less focused, with tracks like the seven minute opener and single Genuine Hesitation and Take Your Time (And That Orange To Squeeze) tipping over into self-indulgent dirges.