One year ago today, Christina Grimmie was taken from this Earth far too soon. Yet, her beautiful family and team have been keeping Christina’s beautiful legacy alive by continuing to release new music that she had worked on prior to her passing. And none of it disappoints.
Her newest album was released a major record label, which was one of Grimmie’s life-long dreams, as well as to win a Grammy.
With this review, I am only trying to honor Christina and in no way trying to critique her or her absolutely powerful gift with music and inspiring people. As mentioned in previous posts, I only spoke to her briefly when I worked the Wildfire Tour for Rachel Platten but she definitely had a big heart, a beautiful smile, and a light that would help you through the darkest times in your life. I also urge everyone to read this to get a copy of All is Vanity as a tribute to the singer.
Her new album is titled All is Vanity and is based off her favorite Bible verse that she ended up getting tattooed on her arm:
“All Is Vanity” is a bible verse, from Ecclesiastes 12:8, which reads: “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.”
Before her untimely passing, Christina would say that this verse was there to remind her that her success and fame where nothing without Christ, and only in Him does life have meaning.
Song By Song Review
This song opens the album and it is said this was Christina’s favorite of all her new songs, and you can hear it in her voice throughout the track. There is an enthusiasm that gives her voice that extra dose of perfection.
The breakdown is my favorite part of the entire track:
I absolutely love the musicality of this track. It reminds me of an anime love story, as it has a little bit of a Japanese sound to it.
The third track was one of the first new songs released by Team Grimmie, and 100% of proceeds from the sale of it went to starting the Christina Grimmie Foundation. A posthumous release from Christina Grimmie, who rips our hearts in two with her incredible talent, bright presence, and musical ear. The song is a little eery as Grimmie talks about no longer being invisible, singing:
My favorite track on the album that caused me to tear up at the first listen because it showcases Grimmie’s R&B vocal stylings and it shows a deeper side to her songwriting by discussing someone who chooses a crowded room to hide from themselves, possibly hinting at what Grimmie felt was an epidemic in Hollywood.
Crowded Room perfectly blends Alessia Cara’s “Here” and Sia’s “Chandelier” in song content, vocal stylings, and musicality.
Producer and Christina’s boyfriend, Stephen Rezza, perfectly placed a clip from this Youtube video at the end of this song and it made me ball my eyes out. This song is a perfect placard for Christina’s motivating and inspirational legacy.
Pressure I woke up with this stuck in my head and cannot stop listening to it because this song is a serious bop, jam, hit, and it has these feel good dancy vibes that remind me of the power and caliber of a Michael Jackson song. It is similar to “Scream” but has the musicality of “Bad.”
Christina, I’m with you.
Maybe I With this track, Christina’s vocal powerhouse shines here.
Echo A badass “I deserve better” anthem about someone who continues to lie to you and you realize you need to get up and move on.
I Only Miss You When I Breathe
This song makes me miss this young beautiful talent. A beautiful arrangement similar to her single Invisible, EDM meets Grimmie’s R&B vocal stylings and incomparable vocal range. It’s my favorite off her Side B EP.
This song reminds me “For You” by Demi Lovato in vocals and musicality. It’s the perfect way to end the album.
We miss you, Christina! I know you are absolutely beaming in heaven.