12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rural Bernville, PA’s Priscilla Ahn has grown up into quite a sophisticated artist. Her second album, When I Grow Up, is a confident collection of songs from a young woman who has the ability to hold a room with a gentle, reflective folk song like “One Day I Will Do,” where her acoustic guitar and modest orchestration give her music the sound of a classic mid-‘60s folk album. The title track is a bit of an upmarket production, with some brilliant keyboard figures swirling around Ahn’s look at childhood. But mostly producer Ethan Johns keeps things fairly organic. She does a sultry cover of former collaborator Benji Hughes’ “Vibe So Hot.” “City Lights (Pretty Lights),” co-written with Inara George, slips towards a beautiful music-box Parisian sorrow. “I Don’t Have Time to Be In Love,” a duet with co-writer Charlie Wadhams, has a storybook feel. “I Will Get Over You” has a bright early-‘70s AM radio sound. But Ahn can still strip it down for intimacy’s sake as she does on the many ballads placed throughout the album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rural Bernville, PA’s Priscilla Ahn has grown up into quite a sophisticated artist. Her second album, When I Grow Up, is a confident collection of songs from a young woman who has the ability to hold a room with a gentle, reflective folk song like “One Day I Will Do,” where her acoustic guitar and modest orchestration give her music the sound of a classic mid-‘60s folk album. The title track is a bit of an upmarket production, with some brilliant keyboard figures swirling around Ahn’s look at childhood. But mostly producer Ethan Johns keeps things fairly organic. She does a sultry cover of former collaborator Benji Hughes’ “Vibe So Hot.” “City Lights (Pretty Lights),” co-written with Inara George, slips towards a beautiful music-box Parisian sorrow. “I Don’t Have Time to Be In Love,” a duet with co-writer Charlie Wadhams, has a storybook feel. “I Will Get Over You” has a bright early-‘70s AM radio sound. But Ahn can still strip it down for intimacy’s sake as she does on the many ballads placed throughout the album.

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