On her second release, singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn comes up with a selection of acoustic-based songs that are easily reproduced in a live format. Backed by her own guitar and little else, she offers a selection of tunes that reflect on growing up (the album’s theme) and coming of age. For instance, on the catchy, psychedelic “Oo La La,” she narrates the story of how a chance encounter can change your whole life. On “Vibe So Hot,” she is backed by a simple trio (drums, Hofner bass, sparse keyboards and guitar) to sing about the growth of a love affair.
It’s not all about bliss, though. On the soft ballad “City Lights, Pretty Lights,” she cryptically wonders about what lies ahead, while “I Don’t Have Time To Be In Love” ponders what it takes to be in a relationship. The uptempo title track rationalizes about the whole idea of what you should be once adulthood kicks in. She is not jaded like John Lennon was on his cathartic “Working Class Hero,” but the message is clear: you have to do something about it before time passes you by. (Ernest Barteldes)
“When You Grow Up”