Author: Chealsea Hunt
On July 1, singer/songwriter Grace followed her debut EP (Memo, 2015) with her first full length album, FMA.
The Australian born artist is most well known for her first single off the record, a cover of Leslie Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me.”
The 19 year old’s version of this 1963 hit features rapper G-Eazy. The track was used prominently in an ad campaign for House of Fraser. It quickly rose to the top of the Australian charts, and it has been steadily climbing in the US since its appearance in a Suicide Squad trailer.
“You Don’t Own Me” is a definite standout on FMA. Grace and G-Eazy both give strong performances, and their styles mesh well together. Grace’s jazzy voice set to uptempo hip hop makes for a mesmerizing combination.
However, the record in general is a strong, soulful display of Grace’s talent.
She gives a vocal performance most similar to the late, virtually incomparable Amy Winehouse, and yet there are moments on the album where she sounds almost like Adele. There’s something truly special about the tone and masterful control Grace possesses.
Her ability to seamlessly cross the blues, jazz, and hip hop is unmatched on the radio today.
Her naturally raspy voice transitions flawlessly into a delicate soprano on tracks like “From you,” the record’s heartbreaking ballad.
From the crooning love song, “Coffee,” to the shamelessly ‘over you’ power anthem “Hell of a Girl,” Grace masterfully shares a range of emotions.
The haunting piano driven “How to Love Me” is both moving and technically stunning. Its faltering backtrack sounds faintly like a scratched vinyl. It’s an effect which adds to the song’s theme of heartbreak without ever becoming overpowering.
Perhaps the lowest point of the album is “Crazy Over Here.” The song bears repetitive accompaniment and lyrics. Featuring Parker, whose single line is stated over and over, there’s just too much going on.
But for the most part, Grace knows who she is, and FMA is a strong full length debut.