BRIDGIT MENDLER’S RETURN TO MUSIC IS THE BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK

The former Disney star is back, and better than ever.

Though singer-songwriter Bridgit Mendler garnered fame through her four year stint as the star of the Disney Channel’s hit show, Good Luck Charlie, her musical skill is what really brought her into success. We had the chance to hear her jazzy, smooth vocals in Disney’s movie musical, Lemonade Mouth, in 2011, and then again shortly after on her full length album, Hello My Name Is… which was released in the summer of 2012.

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Mendler’s debut album was spectacular. A beautiful showcase of her vocal abilities – the album brought in jazz, pop, and intricate reggae influences. Her voice has a metallic, poppy tone with the raspy subtleties of indie songstresses like Norah Jones and Lily Allen. The singer crooned her way through that album, stopping only briefly to insert a chart-topper like “Ready or Not” into the mix.

Last week, Mendler released the smooth, emotional track, “Atlantis” featuring Kaiydo, a young rapper from Orlando, Florida.

On Twitter, she shared that she “wrote Atlantis frankly, about feeling numb about heartbreak because that’s what I was feeling the day we wrote it. Atlantis is a beautiful city that disappeared and was forgotten underwater. That is what it feels like to me to lose a first love.”

Oh, I know how to feel, I know that love exists / It’s asleep with the fishes down in Atlantis” she sings drowsily in the song’s chorus – a lyric not only about forgotten love, but about a love that could at some point awaken. The combination of hope & sorrow she conveys is as complex as the layering we hear in the song’s production.

The track is a beautiful, floating, modern-pop track, and if it’s any indicator of what the rest of the album will be like, I can’t wait to hear it. It drops November 4th.

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Miranda Feneberger

Miranda Feneberger

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