Bridgit Mendler is the newest reining Disney starlet to debut an album apart from her acting career. In my opinion, Bridgit has the best vocals compared to the others, so much so that there is no competition. Bridgit has been lending her voice to her acting career since 2010 by singing Good Luck Charlie’s theme song. She also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Lemonade Mouth where her vocal ability shines through.
Bridgit has just recently debuted her first album, Hello My Name Is… This album has vocal range, as well as powerful and fun lyrics. “Ready or Not,” is the first track on the album and is respectively the leading single off of Hello My Name Is… Mendler’s range alone in this song features everything you will be hearing on the rest of the album. This first song is representation that she holds her own against the Disney Starlet’s before her. I personally love the scatting jazz sound of “Ready or Not.”
“Forgot to Laugh” and “Top of the World” keep the album fun and flirty, but represent two different emotions in a relationship. The latter is what will be while the former represents what was not but what should have been. Both songs are pronounced and stand alone on Hello My Name Is…
Bridgit’s second single “Hurricane,”is a tribute to one of my favorite stories, The Wizard of Oz. Her vocals on “Hurricane” also remind me of Amy Heidemann of Karmin’s powerhouse voice. I hear a lot of similarities between the two women a lot on this album and I think right now in music, they will be the ones to last for a very long time.
“City Lights” starts to slow down the album to prepare for the ballad, “All I see Is Gold.” “All I See Is Gold” is one of my favorite songs on the album since it is so simple, yet it shows complexity through her vocals.
I created a playlist between “The Fall Song” and Colbie Caillat’s, “You Got Me.” I was almost certain they were the same song at first listen. They definitely have their similarities, and both are perfect songs all on their own. I am glad Colbie Caillat came to mind when I was listening to this album, because I hope that Bridgit’s music career takes a similar path to that of Colbie’s. Both are really respectable women with amazing voices.
“Love Will Tell Us Where to Go” and “Blonde” are on my list of favorite tracks on Hello My Name Is…” due to the fact that they are songs about chance. In “Blonde,” she forgets his name after they hit it off which reminds me of my favorite movie On The Line. In “Love Will Tell Us Where to Go,” she is leaving it up to chance for the relationship to move forward. Both songs are catchy and thrilling because you are hoping they will work out.
In “Rocks at My Window” I definitely struggled with what she was spelling out the first time I was listening to this dance anthem. When I finally understood what she was spelling I loved the song. Also, who wouldn’t want someone to make the romantic gesture of throwing rocks at your window to catch your attention?
Anyone with a traveling for work lifestyle can relate to “5:15” and “Hold On for Dear Love.” Time is a theme song for both of these songs. While “5:15” is about not waiting around, the person is either going to be on time or they lose their chance. Closing out the album is another perfect ballad, “Hold On For Dear Love,” where time is still a precious thing, but this time she is willing to wait around and let the relationship play out.
Bridgit Mendler has an amazing voice and I am glad she was able to showcase her voice and talents throughout this entire album. There was nothing holding her back, and it seemed she was able to try anything and everything she wanted to try while creating this album. Hello My Name Is… is one of my favorite albums of 2012 because it has a lot of relatable material, and it is also an enjoyable album. I cannot wait to see what Bridgit has in store for the rest of her music career.