Grace Vanderwaal Review
Moonlight by Grace Vanderwaal is a relatively decent song. The lyrics are very relatable to all generations, despite her being so young, and portray the idea of the intense happiness that comes from being with someone you love effortlessly. The overall quality of the song is diminished slightly by the fact that the song stays at about the same tempo throughout its entirety and never really picks up, or contains any sort of beat drop or change. Moonlight leaves you waiting for that great lyric of bridge that never comes. Another unfortunate thing, is that even though it is a feel good song it isn’t fast enough to dance to which is a key aspect, at least for me, when it comes to choosing songs. The best part about Moonlight is by far Vanderwaal’s signature voice that resonates well with the lyrics and her ever so present ukulele. While the song may be a bit underdeveloped and naive lyrically, it still captures that quirky Grace Vanderwaal spirit that was showcased on America’s Got Talent and that continues to shine in every song she produces. With my many conflicting opinions in each aspect of the Moonlight, I would definitely recommend listening for yourself before excluding this from your playlists for good.
Saving Forever is not your average boy band. They are a band of three brothers that have an amazing and unique sound and style. It’s no wonder why their song Million Ways is a hit with their combination of amazing vocals and the fact that they play their own instruments. It’s catchy chorus mixed with a fun beat just makes you want to sing and dance every time you hear it. Also the music video is is a cool spin on your average “band performs on stage” video because it is set at this cool club where people are shown singing it as if it was a karaoke party. Also the boys unique style adds a special visual element to the video. Honestly, the reason why this band is so incredible is because they do not conform to your typical cookie cutter boy band standards. With influences like Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, and Paramore it is no wonder why these guys have such unique sound and are overall just so talented. I can definitely recommend that you check them out because they can only get better from here.
Olivia Holt is the most recent Disney Channel star to attempt an entrance into the music industry with her new song “Generous”. While this is her first song that has “taken off”, it is not her first try at achieving musical fame. Her first EP “Olivia” was quite forgettable, and has been described by many as somewhat of a flop. But enough about the past, let’s take a closer look at “Generous”. The track has a blend of pop and RNB that is very reminiscent of Selena Gomez’s signature style—Olivia seems to be taking cues from other former Disney kids. In theory, “Generous” is a strong song with relative promise, but unfortunately Holt’s delivery leaves something to be desired. Throughout the video and song, she seems like she’s really trying to sell the fact that she has shed her innocent Disney past, but there just isn’t a unique, creative spark. However, like most other cookie-cutter pop songs, “Generous’s” catchy beat and repetitive lyrics, which are quite suggestive for a star fresh off of the Disney scene, grow on you, and while the storyline of the video is a bit strange (Olivia poses as a thieving hotel maid) the video itself looks very glamorous and is admittedly aesthetically pleasing. While I am not personally a big fan of “Generous”, I believe it’s a good first success for someone new to the music scene, and I believe that if Olivia tries to find her own sound instead of mimicking whatever is trendy, she will have a lot of potential.
Marteen’s soon to be a hit song “Sriracha” is a catchy song that perfectly embodies the relevant music from 2017. The songs catchy chorus mixed with the repetitive beat make it an easy to dance to song. While the lyrics are somewhat repetitive, their funny meaning is sure to keep you singing all day long. The song is so great that it has actually become a sort of Worcester Prep anthem. It is so popular that we even played it at our homecoming and it was a definite highlight of the dance. I personally reccomend checking out the music video to allow for a better understanding of the lyrics and Marteen’s personality. His eclectic style and affinity for the nicer things in life will certainly keep you interested and involved in the story of the video. The overall show stopper of the video would have to be Marteen’s quirky, but awesome dance moves that will keep you entertained the entire video. Though the video itself may not be the most professional, it is unique and certainly resonates with this generation. Overall Marteen’s song “Sriracha” is a catchy tune that is sure to become a popular staple of 2017.