Grace VanderWaal, ‘Moonlight’ | Track Review
13-year old Grace VanderWaal shines on “Moonlight,” the opening song and promo single from her highly-anticipated debut album, Just the Beginning (November 3).
Truly, America’s Got Talent. Grace VanderWaal, a mere kid, proved that, winning the popular television show. The thing is, not only did she win a reality competition, she truly possesses talent – she’s got chops. After releasing a debut EP in 2016, Perfectly Imperfect, she arrives in 2017 with her full-length debut album, Just the Beginning. In advance of Just the Beginning, she dropped several teaser songs, including promo single “Moonlight.”
VanderWaal has a beautiful voice, particularly considering her age. Her tone is distinct – the cracks and nuances provide plenty of character on “Moonlight.” In addition to how impressive VanderWaal is as a 13-year-old, the song is incredibly enjoyable. The production keeps things simple, with the signature ukulele-driven sound preserved. This simplicity is also smart so that it doesn’t overpower or take away from the feature – Grace herself.
The form of “Moonlight” is rock-solid. It’s comprised of verses, pre-chorus, chorus, post-chorus, and bridge. The pre-chorus sets up and foreshadows an incredibly fun and catchy chorus, the highlight of the song.
“Remember last year when you told me / To always stay here and never leave me / The light from your eyes made it feel like / We-e-e were dancing in the moonlight.”
The bridge is brief, yet a great contrast to everything that precedes it.
“I, I, I, miss those memories / We used to share / Just you and me.”
Are there any glaring cons? No. For a 13-year old who’s just beginning a promising music career, “Moonlight” is just that – promising. All in all, Grace VanderWaal delivers.