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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Los Angeles-based electronic artist is a concept album about the four stages of life.
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  1. Oct 6, 2017
    100
    The Kid is truly an album to experience beginning to end, one with a knack for making you feel--as Smith sings on “An Intention”--“everything at the same time.”
  2. Oct 4, 2017
    90
    Emotionally tactile and blossoming with feeling, The Kid is a stunning record that demands attention, absorption and meditation, two LPs rich with wisdom.
  3. Oct 5, 2017
    80
    Still, the beating heart behind The Kid is the curiosity and delight that Smith brings to her meticulous electronic compositions.
  4. Oct 4, 2017
    80
    The entire album is a stunning work of highly advanced kaleidoscopic new age pop, and is easily Smith's best and most accessible release to date.
  5. Oct 5, 2017
    80
    But as challenging as this avant-garde music is, it's also warm, absorbing and gorgeous.
  6. The Wire
    Dec 6, 2017
    80
    It may look wildly out of control but closer inspection reveals the symmetry and order that supported the garden’s historical design. [Nov 2017, p.53]
  7. Oct 5, 2017
    40
    The textural pleasures of tracks such as I Am Learning and A Kid – full of wonky tiki kitsch – are muted by the vocal lines which, given starker backing, would be embarrassingly underwritten. Things improve in the later, more reflective tracks.

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