Single Review: Sabrina Carpenter – Thumbs

Sabrina Carpenter is an American singer/songwriter and actress from Quakertown, Pennsylvania, she has a variety of film and television roles including but not limited to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the Disney Channel comedy series Girl Meets World, the television movie, Adventures in Babysitting and the  Netflix films, Tall Girl, its sequel, just to name a few. Also fun little tidbit but apparently her aunt is Nancy Cartwright, who is probably noted as the long-time voice of Bart Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons.

Anyway, moving away from her onscreen appearances, Carpenter has been passionate about music since she was a young girl, she apparently began posting videos of her singing on YouTube from age 10. To cultivate this passion, her father built her a recording studio, and obviously it paid off because in 2011 she entered a singing contest ‘The Next Miley Cyrus Project’ which was actually run by Miley Cyrus, Carpenter placed third in this contest. Alongside her acting career she’s gone from strength to strength as a musician, and to date has released five studio albums, two EP’s and a whopping 26 singles. Today, we are here to talk about one of those singles, specifically ‘Thumbs’ which was released on October 14th 2016 as part of her second studio album, Evolution (often stylized as EVOLution). The track is sort of an anthem about embracing what makes you unique, about finding your individuality and not settling more mediocrity. 

‘Thumbs’ opens with a thrumming, building, melodic, synth driven beat that blends into Sabrina’s vocals, and seriously, her voice is just sensational. I like the percussive clicking, it adds a punctuating tone to the delivery, and even as the beat picks up, Sabrina cuts through it and absolutely smashes it out of the park. Much like I was saying in my review of Meghan Trainor’s track ‘Made You Look’, I often miss out on more established artists as my plate is full, but I got hooked on this slightly older release from Carpenter from Tik Tok. It’s a really powerful track, and you get to see and explore the range and intensity of her voice throughout the song, and the instrumental backing is a hammering back-up that emboldens her performance and makes for a very catchy and memorable track that honestly just blew me away. 

So that’s what I thought of Sabrina Carpenter’s single ‘Thumbs’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Spotify. While you’re at it, make sure and show your support for the artist, and keep up to date with their latest goings on, by checking out their website and by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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