Hayley Kiyoko’s Debut Album Exceeds ‘Expectations’


Austin Carlton, Staff Writer

The former Disney star Hayley Kiyoko, known from titles such as “Lemonade Mouth” and “Wizards of Waverly Place”, recently released her debut studio recorded album “Expectations”. The 26-year-old star from childhood is now branching into new platforms, and is trying to make a name for herself in the music industry outside of the image people associate with her.

The 13-track album is full of very “chill” songs similar to that of Lorde. In a few songs there are sounds of nature, like birds chirping and waves crashing, and several songs include Kiyoko’s soft and breathy vocals such as that in “Mercy/Gatekeeper”.

Kiyoko is not yet a distinct artist, but her style has the potential to develop. The track in her song “Curious” is similar to Dua Lipa’s hit song “New Rules”. Even though her individuality is not completely there, she has a uniqueness that can help her go far.

The title track, “Expectations (Overture)” has a continued interlude in the song “xx” with occasional sound samples from nature. Generally, the songs have a reoccurring theme of either love or being alone, such as “Feelings” and “He’ll Never Love You”. Though the melodramatic tone of some songs may not be for everyone, the album is very catchy overall.

A fan favorite song on the album, “Palm Dreams” has melodies and instrumentals that will definitely get stuck in your head. Kiyoko didn’t do all of the songs alone though; the song “What I Need” features another star on the rise, Kehlani, who recently toured with Demi Lovato. Other songs on the album such as “Let it Be”, “Under the blue/ Take me In” and “Molecules” all do an excellent job of revealing the raspy side of Kiyoko’s voice. Considering that this is her first album, it does an exceptional job of showcasing the different parts of Kiyoko’s voice. Fans of the rising star can guarantee a future for Kiyoko in the music business.

The official album was released on March 30th and is available for download and streaming now on various platforms.