Album Review: Come Home the Kids Miss You
Review by: Bradyn Johnson
Artist: Jack Harlow
Jack Harlow’s newest album, Come Home The Kids Miss You attempts to highlight his budding life in the music industry. Throughout the album I noticed that it was not super cohesive, the overall instrumentals and features like Drake, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne were one of the main things that gave Harlow’s songs an electrifying sound.
As the album progresses, there is a translucent chronological order in which the songs had been placed, there were a lot of times that I was left confused. For instance, in “Talk Of The Town” Harlow tells his fans about his old roots in Kentucky. In following songs such as “First Class” and “I’d Do Anything To Make You Smile”, he emphasizes the fact that money’s no object when it comes to impressing women he likes, making sure they know that he will indeed do anything to make them smile. I was left confused a lot of the time because as I continued listening, I noticed that the album lacked a common theme. One minute Harlow would be talking about putting women in “First Class” and then mentioning that he wanted to collab with Dua Lipa. However, as you dive deeper into tracks such as “Churchill Downs,” you can tell that Harlow begins to open up more within his lyrics. “Churchill Downs” features five minutes of Drake and Harlow opening up about their lives in the music industry. Harlow talks about where he started compared to his newfound stardom and his newfound boastful attitude toward his situation. He even mentions in the song that he, “[Knows] I should be humble, but it’s something I just haven’t learned.”
In his songs like, “Lil secret”, “Like A Blade of Grass”, and “Poison”, Harlow regularly mentions what seems to be the same girl, showing some signs of consistency throughout his album. He first incorporates the girl in the song “Lil Secret” where , Harlow speaks out about how he tells his therapist about her, giving fans a glimpse into his personal life. In “Poison” Harlow mentions that the girl is a “Good poison” possibly hinting at the fact that the mystery woman is the perfect person for him to be around.
Unfortunately, the overall album was difficult to piece together, and had no consistent theme, however, the features like Drake, Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake and Snoop Dogg gave Harlow’s album another necessary sound. Harlow matured with each individual song, beginning with his need to impress every girl to realizing that he was too good at what he does to be chasing women. In the last song, “State fair”, he closes the album regarding his earlier life, connecting back to “Talk of the Town”.
Thankfully, Harlow was able to efficiently incorporate his old life, his new life, and his rising fame within just fifteen songs. Though there were some inconsistencies, I thoroughly enjoyed most of the instrumentals and features.