Sabrina Carpenter | Eyes Wide Open (Hollywood)

SC EyesWideOpen_75This album does not force Carpenter to be something she isn’t—she sings about the kind of love she and fans in her age group are likely to experience.

 

 

Sixteen-year-old Sabrina Carpenter is the next Disney Channel star to watch out for—this girl is going places.

If you haven’t heard of Carpenter, she currently co-stars on Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World, the Boy Meets World reboot in which she plays the best friend of Cory and Topanga’s daughter. I’ve seen a few episodes of the show, and it’s not great, but Sabrina’s talent steals the spotlight, along with her vocals on the show’s theme song, “Take On the World.”

Her debut album, Eyes Wide Open, is to be expected from Disney—pop, catchy, similar to Hannah Montana or early Selena Gomez—with a little extra. Carpenter’s voice is very mature for her age. She has a wide range and a number of intricate riffs.

Carpenter’s material is deeper than that of most young Disney stars, which is promising as she has four co-writing credits on the twelve track album: “Your Love’s Like,” “Too Young,” “Seamless,” and “Right Now.”

“If I’m too young to fall in love, why do you keep running though my brain? And if I’m too young to know anything, then why do I know that I’m just not the same? Don’t tell me I won’t, don’t tell me I can’t feel,” she croons on “Too Young.” I love these lyrics because they describe how a 16-year-old girl feels when she falls in love for the first time. This album does not force Carpenter to be something she isn’t—she sings about the kind of love she and fans in her age group are likely to experience.

She also has two songs written by Megan Trainor, “Darling I’m a Mess” and “Can’t Blame a Girl For Trying.”

Carpenter will shine in her target age group of teen and tween girls, but she’s also likely to reach a larger audience. Although it feels a little young for me, her music is catchy and reminiscent of my teenage years, so I enjoy it on a nostalgic level. This album is worth checking out.  A | Samantha LaBat

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