American Teen is high school in a modern nutshell


Alia Carlton

Khalid’s album American Teen hit the R&B scene with serious momentum after his song “Location” was featured in one of Kylie Jenner’s Snapchats. A late-teen himself, he channeled his life experience into an album, encompassing all that high school is, was and should be.

A modern-day love letter to youth, American Teen is a versatile experience that seemingly fits every aspect of life. Late-night drives? American Teen. Hanging out with friends? American Teen. Even study sessions are made better with “Another Sad Love Song,” which is far from just another sad love song.

Although “Location” is the most purchased song on the album, hidden gems such as “Coaster,” “8TEEN” and “Young Dumb & Broke” are arguably much harder to get tired of.

The relatability of Khalid’s lyrics is the most outstanding facet of the album, as anyone could find a piece of themselves in his words. Relatability is also prominent in the fact that the album begins and ends with the sound of alarm clock, unfortunately something that every high school student can relate to.

The messages he conveys with the tracks are reminiscent of early Elvis or Sam Cooke, just with mentions of texting and sending someone your location via iOS. Overall, American Teen is a must-listen for anyone who wants to feel understood, or anyone who wants to relive their flighty and emotionally tumultuous teenage years.