Grace VanderWaal – Just the Beginning (Album Review)

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Grace VanderWaal – Just the Beginning (Album Review)

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Jeannie likes to joke that she is little, yellow, blue, and different. She seemingly popped out of her mother's womb with a pen in her hand and has been writing ever since. Many moons ago - in what feels like a separate lifetime - Jean was co-editor of an online music magazine that afforded her great opportunities to interview and photograph some of her favorite bands/musicians: Tommy Lee, Good Charlotte, Warrant, Bring Me The Horizon, My Chemical Romance, Sevendust, New Found Glory, Deftones, Poison, VH-1 "Band On the Run" Flickerstick, an endless list of unsigned locals, and so many others. These days, she can usually be found hiking aimlessly through the woods in her favorite Technicolor sneakers with a Nikon in hand and her rescue dog, Molly, who is a bit hare-brained.

11 Comments
  • D. Kitchener
    Posted at 01:23h, 11 November Reply

    Better than excellent review! At her concert at the Troubadour in LA last week she played not only tracts from her EP & newly released album, but surprised the audience blues jazz classics River and Stormy Weather, giving her own indie pop delivery to the songs.

    • Jeannie Blue
      Jeannie Blue
      Posted at 23:18h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you so much for the kind words on the review. 🙂 Grace’s talent is, of course, all Grace; all I can do is appreciate it and be awed that she is so talented at such a young age. I am envious that you got to see her live and I hope it was a truly killer performance! 🙂

  • Nate
    Posted at 01:53h, 11 November Reply

    Damn good review of a piece of Americana history in the making. This kid is so tuned in to the human condition and draws from a deep well of empathy. The result is some of the best music I’ve ever heard that’s like looking into a magic mirror that strips all the crap and superficial trappings away. Aside from the brilliant music, as a person she exudes all the qualities of kindness, compassion, empathy, and humor that we want to see in ourselves. Just read through the comments on the videos on her VEVO and YouTube channels, and you’ll see the impact she and her music have on people of all ages, races, and walks of life, all around the world. It’s a beautiful thing!

    • Jeannie Blue
      Jeannie Blue
      Posted at 23:19h, 03 March Reply

      Nate, isn’t it wonderful to see someone who is truly good succeeding for once? Grace has the poise and sophistication of someone well beyond her young years and the talent to back it. It’s a wonderful thing to see! I expect her to have a very good, lengthy career in music. 😀

  • Timothy Frank
    Posted at 05:32h, 11 November Reply

    I agree wholeheartedly with the review: 5/5. Simon called Grace “perfectly imperfect” (which became the name of her EP last year), but Grace is becoming less imperfect all the time. My favorite songs on the album are Darkness Keeps Chasing Me, City Song, Florets, A Better Life, Insane Sometimes and Burned (probably in that order), although all the songs are solidly written and performed. I almost never buy music, but I made an exception this time. Well worth it!

    • Jeannie Blue
      Jeannie Blue
      Posted at 23:28h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you, Timothy! I think “perfectly imperfect” sounds very catchy but for Grace, she’s clearly perfect just the way she is. Which, in truth, is not imperfect but rather underproduced and raw; emotionally gritty. I hope she never loses that about herself and her music!

  • Di Thib
    Posted at 14:08h, 13 November Reply

    It’s really quite phenomenal how Grace draws you in. And at the raw age of 13. What’s really amazing is her fan base is broad from kids to seniors. Has there ever been a rising superstar to have such a broad fan base?

    • Jeannie Blue
      Jeannie Blue
      Posted at 23:29h, 03 March Reply

      Di, not in recent memory, no. She is truly a very talented young woman and it’s a true credit to her talent that she draws in such a diverse audience. 🙂

  • MoPower2U
    Posted at 12:03h, 26 November Reply

    Few people realize what it takes to write their own songs for normally talented people. Most song writers alone…… never make it to the big time. Those that do end up writing for other people… if they are really that good. Once in a Blue Moon…… someone comes along that’s jacked in to the Creative Essence in Life!

    Grace Vanderwaal is one of those rare songbirds…. that’s come flying in through an open window. Her voice isn’t really that special as it is uniquely mated to her exquisite song writing skills. Most Pop Stars today are just the few that make it in an industry that thinks it makes the Stars! ……with Grace Vanderwaal you get the sense she’s going to be making the Industry Better Than They’ve Ever Made Any Music Star!

    Those famous song writers in Sweden…. who write most of the Music Hits for Famous Stars from Beyonce…. Katy Perry to Rianna….. the last few decades, are in for some Real Competition from the likes of this girl. Her musicality in and of itself is so soulful and honest with ability to write a tune on the fly instantly that you know will be a hit. She’s almost so magically connected to that which is responsible for all creation that you’ll think she’s Matrix Level Jacked in!!! ….no wonder the instant people hear her… they know the lyrics instantly.

    Like everyone around the world both professionals and fans alike I predict or see in my Looking Glass a really great future for this incredibly talented young artist. She is the kind of artist that even the Pros know…. you just leave them alone and let them do their thing. No Molding…. changed stage names…. big important producers or management needed to make her any more profound a talent find than she already is! …..and forget about those lame Taylor Swift comparison. Taylor has never been this talented of a song writer in her whole life! ;-P 12 songs 12 Hit Potential…. and this is ‘Just the Beginning’? 😀

    • Jeannie Blue
      Jeannie Blue
      Posted at 23:31h, 03 March Reply

      Mo, you didn’t me – you wrote the review right there! 😀 The fact that this is, indeed, “Just the Beginning” is kind of scary, no? How does she improve when she’s already so amazingly brilliant? 🙂

  • AJ
    Posted at 12:27h, 30 May Reply

    Hmmm…. awww…… hmmmm…. JUST BRILLIANT

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