The wait is finally over. Singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal‘s long anticipated debut album, Just The Beginning, was released on November 3, 2017, and as the title suggests, it’s sure to be the start of something extraordinary.
Her sound consists of an enchanting combination of bluegrass, indie, and pop elements that soothe the ears and awaken the heart.
The album opens up with “Moonlight,” a song that Billboard exhaulted as “the perfect Summer song. They were not wrong. VanderWaal’s angelic, breathy voice that packs a surprising punch, especially during the chorus. This track has such great vibes, with its upbeat melody, and deep lyrics that reach for truth. Everything about “Moonlight” just makes you want to dance, even though it’s not your typical dance track.
“Just A Crush” is a sweetly sharp track that’s guaranteed to become a fast favorite. Witty and warm, this acoustic jam is all about the desire for freedom. Not only that, but it works to dismantle the commonly held belief that women want to settle down while men want to remain untethered by completely reverse-engineering it. The lyrics are honest and hard-hitting, showcasing a woman being true for her own sake, and the long term sake of her “crush’s” heart.
“So Much More Than This” switches up the tone a bit, as this track is more pop-oriented with an awesome flow. The beat is super catchy, and the message will return a spark of warmth to even the most jaded heart. This is the song to listen to on your morning commute when the world has taken the wind out of your sales and you’re in need of a pick-me-up, because there really is so much more to life than meets the eye, and this song is here to remind everyone.
“Florets” combines a catchy beat with dreamy, etherial imagery for a truly enrapturing love song. The combination is unexpected, yet undeniably beautiful, comparing the union of two lovers to florets floating in the air.
The album closes out on an amazingly heartfelt note with “Darkness Keeps Chasing Me.” Throughout Just The Beginning VanderWaal has showcased her ability to resonate with the listeners emotions time and time again, but this song really steals the show. The pure emotion her voice conveys tugs at the heartstrings and brings tears to the eyes, and that’s not an exaggeration. Poetic lyrics, amazing vocal control, and raw feelings come together in a perfect blend for one truly astounding song.
This may be Just The Beginning, but Grace VaderWaal has already accomplished so much. If this new album is anything to go off of, she definitely has a bright future ahead of her. This is one artist to keep an eye out for.