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Bitter’s Kiss – Love Won’t Make You Cry – Album Review

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Bitter’s Kiss is the pseudonym championed by Chloe Baker, backed instrumentally by her father and producer Michael Baker. Love Won’t Make You Cry is eight songs of soft pop music, done with the passion and practice that can only be manufactured by combining inimitable innocence and weathered experience.

The first track, self-titled “Bitter’s Kiss” has the young Baker’s voice easily flowing in and out of falsetto like Regina Specktor, driven home by an acoustic feeling riff played through the warm fuzz of an electric guitar. “Waste of it All” has more of a quirky vibe, with breathy vocal melodies that gently navigate the almost waltz-like pattern of the instrumental, eventually sliding in some playful guitar riffs and a shade of horns near the end.

The title-tune “Love Won’t Make You Cry” plays on an organic feel with soft acoustic picking. It’s a heartbreak song with hope, taking on the bright side of the downsides of love, masterfully characterized with a piano accompaniment coming in audible on the second verse. Both the song, and album, continue to dynamically and practically build swells and tear them back down to nothing again. “No One Will” boasts a more mature vocal pattern and a tinge of effects, giving it more of a dreamy feel, like a lighter mix of Alvvays and Cloud Control. The music is atmospheric, wholesome and feels thematic to adolescent dreams, universally relatable to everyone who has truly experienced youth. Video single “The Rope” has an Adele feel, beginning with slow string work, it shows off a darker more somber side of the sound, accented with some distorted guitar. “Lovin’ Life” is very pop influenced, an easy dance club song with a catchy synth lick jumping around the beat. “Already Gone” while may not be the standout clearly captures the quintessence of Bitter’s Kiss’ sound, heavily piano anchored and vulnerable but definitive vocals, as if Lana Del Ray was doing an Ace Enders cover. The last track, “Too Far Too Fast” has the lazy drawl of a southern tune, just like the album, its lackadaisical and poignant all at once.

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