Grace VanderWaal ditches her cute, lovable, girl next door image in one foul swoop on her latest single, 'Don't Assume What You Don't Know'. The aptly titled track, Grace's first of the year, is also her first since she issued 'Today and Tomorrow', a song from Disney's 'Stargirl'.
In the twelve months since VanderWaal released her last song she's seemingly undergone a radical transformation. Gone is the ukulele, the golden locks, the inviting smile and the butter wouldn't melt persona. The hair is shorn off, the smiles are not evident and the attitude wouldn't necessarily encourage you to invite her back to meet your parents.
Grace VanderWaal, at the ripe old age of 17, is growing up faster than many, except her, had anticipated. She's cast off the naivety of her mid-teen years and gone head first into embracing her inner most petulant, snarly and angst ridden youth.
Grace may have distanced herself from her Disney days, channeled the rock chick within her with aplomb and given her new material her everything but that hasn't stopped her from feeling slightly anxious about releasing her new song. A year in the life of Grace VanderWaal has clearly seen a step change and a clear shift in direction, but on the face of it her hordes of devoted fans seem to have whole heartedly embraced the change and have accepted it with an overwhelming positivity.
'Don't Assume What You Don't Know' starts softly enough but it isn't long before the power chords kick in and Grace lets her vocal break free as she finds her range. The arrangement works well for VanderWaal as the track flits between the stripped back and delicate to a full blown heavy Pop-Rock.
On the evidence of her latest track I think that Grace VanderWaal has done a brilliant job of re-inventing herself with a very credible, deftly conceived track to launch a fresh start.
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