Music Review: Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying (EP)

Music comes naturally to Sabrina Carpenter. At just fifteen, she stars on the hit Disney spinoff show Girl Meets World, she’s signed to Hollywood Records, and has recorded a four-song EP that would give an artist of any age a run for their money.

This EP, Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying, was actually released in April, but I finally got the chance to listen to the songs just this past week. It captures the mix of Sabrina’s youth and musical talent well beyond her years (does this sound familiar?). The four songs she’s chosen for her intro to the world come from her love of music and a refreshing sense of self that reveals an artist with an infectiously fun and down-to-earth vibe. Her fun personality, powerful vocals, and passion for performing make her the kind of rising superstar that you’ll want doubling as your best friend.

Sabrina hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia where she was born into a family of actors, dancers, and musicians whom she says continue to inspire her through her creative journey. She was raised in a world of talent where she recalls spending time performing with her older sisters, so it’s no surprise that she’s a triple threat.

“Everything that I love comes from the arts. That’s my life,” 

~Sabrina Carpenter

While she’s considered a newcomer to the music scene, Sabrina has had one song, Smile, chart on Radio Disney. She has also guest-starred on the Disney shows Phineas and Ferb and Austin & Ally.

The EP kicks off with the title track / hit single , “Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying.” Flawless vocals, an undeniably sophisticated edge, and an effortless ability to inspire listeners makes this song a feel-good anthem (not to mention the adorable music video). This is a cute song about an innocent love story, and it speaks to the girls who make mistakes, but keep trying.

A folk-meets-pop jam, “The Middle of Starting Over” is certain to be added to countless sleepover playlists everywhere. It has an inspirational message and a unique, unforgettable sound only made stronger by Sabrina’s powerful vocals. The message of the song has that girl power theme, which I personally love and can relate to. One thing’s for sure; this song has already been added to my Summer playlist 🙂

Fun fact: “White Flag” almost didn’t make the cut when Sabrina first heard it. In an interview, she says, “My sister really liked it and told me I had to at least record the demo just to see if I liked it. I did and then I just fell in love.” The track changes up the tempo a little bit; it’s another upbeat song that’s perfect for the summer and showcases her vocals, all while maintaining the energy that Sabrina brings to all her songs.

The EP wraps up with “Best Thing I Got,” a song that both Sabrina and her parents felt was right for her. It’s a feel-good song that you can’t help but smile when listening to, no matter your mood. “It was my parents’ favorite song, so they wanted me to record the demo,” Sabrina recalls. “And since parents know best, I had to do it.” The first thing I thought when I heard this song was, this reminds me of “The Fall Song” by Bridgit Mendler… only this song is a bit more upbeat. I’m giving this song 5 stars!

Sabrina’s creative accomplishments don’t end with this EP, though. She’s currently learning guitar, piano, drums, and she’s a talented dancer as well.

“I’ve taken a lot of dance lessons and I really love it. And drumming is something I’ve always wanted to learn, so I’m sure I’ll be trying that soon.”

Sabrina can also be seen in the Boy Meets World spinoff show, Girl Meets World, Friday nights at 8:30pm ET/PT. While she loves to act (and has incredible talent and a deep passion for it), she’s proving that she’s equally talented and passionate when it comes to music.

Sabrina is currently pouring her joy, creativity, and musical perspective into writing and recording her full-length album. Fans of the EP can expect an album with a whole lot of spunk and a good amount of heart.

“Through all of the decisions I’ve had to make, they’ve left it up to me and I’ve gotten to use my own voice and my own quirks. Hopefully my listeners hear that and see it in themselves too.”

 

While most Disney stars usually fade away after a few years (with the fans moving on to the next “contestant”), I have a feeling Sabrina Carpenter will stay in the music industry for many years to come. Who knows how long she will stay signed to Hollywood Records, but no matter what, this emerging superstar is one you can’t miss.

I’ve compiled a playlist of songs by her, a mix of original songs and covers, from various points in her career. Whether she was singing on Austin & Ally in 2013, or recording the Girl Meets World theme song with her on-screen and real-life BFF Rowan Blanchard, this girl proves to have the talent and stage presence that’s needed for longevity in the music industry. Check out some of her songs below, and let me know what you think 🙂

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