Grace VanderWaal, ‘Sick of Being Told’ | Track Review
13-year old Grace VanderWaal drops “Sick of Being Told,” the third teaser track 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 teaser track, “Sick of Being Told.”
Clearly, Grace VanderWaal has a very common disease that infects teen youth – rebelliousness. On the first verse, she desires independence, singing, “…Let’s just try it my way / I mean c’mon.” She goes on to assert her desire for independence on the pre-chorus, spreading her wings on the chorus.
“I’m sick of being told / Of what I should know / I just wanna let go / I wanna run away just to live my life my way…”
While this is teen through and through, adults, even if more mature than VanderWaal, have similar experiences. Hence, this is more relatable to a wider audience than anticipated. The second verse and most of remainder of the song is written in similar fashion. The bridge, of course, differs from the verses and choruses.
Besides the theme and lyrics, the production is solid, backing the teen-pop singer effectively. Vocally, VanderWaal continues impressing beyond her years. Her maturity can’t be overstated – she’s only 13. The vocal cracks, nuances, and unique ways she uses her voice are selling points.
As asked before on the previous singles, are there any glaring cons? No. “Sick of Being Told” continues to show incredible potential and promise for Grace VanderWaal. Oh, and yes, the ukulele is cool here.