It’s been over one hundred years since the dawn of the roaring ‘20s, but one of the era’s more intriguing ballads in “Tonight You Belong To Me” is getting another turn in the spotlight thanks to the talents of one Grey DeLisle this spring – and rightly so. In this superb studio cut, DeLisle plays a role she was always meant to take on, assuming her place behind the microphone and issuing what could be one of the most powerful lead vocals I’ve heard from her since she made her debut almost two decades ago. This is all the right kinds of indulgence and understated passion, and overall prime listening for indie music fans everywhere right now.
Despite the seemingly breakable demeanor, DeLisle brings with her into the verses, there’s a strength to her delivery that is breathtakingly effortless no matter what context we’re finding it in here. She’s so comfortable with the tempo, but her words eagerly embed themselves into the harmony as though there was some secret urgency to this narrative we couldn’t fully understand as audience members. “Tonight You Belong To Me” lets her be mysterious and completely open when she wants to be, which is actually a lot harder than it sounds.
The melodic ebbing of the vocal and the strings in the chorus brought me to my knees the first time that I listened to this single and watched its companion music video this week, and as much as I’ve loved what Grey DeLisle has made in the past year, I didn’t think she was going to hit us with anything as powerful as this in “Tonight You Belong To Me.” She literally lives up to the title of the track the moment we meet the lyrical climax, and this remains the case no matter how many times we play the whole song through.
It goes without saying that there isn’t another singer around these days quite like DeLisle, and if you’re still in need of some evidence backing up her eminence in 2021, listening to “Tonight You Belong To Me” should be a top priority. Grey DeLisle is an angelic force of nature in this performance, and if we’re to expect this caliber of content out of her camp on a regular basis throughout the new roaring ‘20s, I think eclipsing the indie fame she was able to acquire early on in her career won’t be hard at all.
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