Bitter’s Kiss is the music project of New Jersey based singer/songwriter Chloe Baker. Having been strongly influenced by her father, who has spent much of his time involved with various bands as well as musical theatre. With the help of her father who handled production duties as well as a lot of the instrumentation, she recently released her debut self-titled album, which was released in March.

The opening track, “Bitter’s Kiss” is a great mix of guitars and synth’s working together to support Baker’s voice, which is surprising soulful despite her youth.

“Love Won’t Make You Cry” is a slow number that’s reminiscent of Norah Jones. It’s a pretty ballad and once again Baker really knocks it out of the park vocally. “No One Will” has a similar sentiment, but it’s a bit more upbeat. There is a gradual build-up with the drum beat gradually picking up as well as more instruments such as violins and a jingly ukelele being introduced. All in all, it’s a really well-written song.

“Lovin’ Life” sees a change to a more electronic sound. The mix of drum machines and guitars makes it seem that Lana del Rey was an influence here. It’s interesting to hear Baker’s take on this style. “Too Far Too Fast” is a similar style. These tracks are definitely the more interesting moments on the album.

All in all, Bitter’s Kiss has some well-written pop songs as well several moments where it disobeys the status quo. Having laid the foundations with this release, if Baker continues to develop her songwriting skills and voice she definitely has a bright future ahead of her.

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