Singer, actress, and songwriter Brooke Moriber has carved out a much deserved reputation as a huge talent who excels in every facet of her artistic experience. She’s received plum roles and a lot of praise for her work on Broadway as well as her acting in television and films. Moriber has released a number of intelligent, energetic singles marking her as a major new pop singing talent. It isn’t based on some shallow presentation. Moriber possesses a fantastic voice and never fails to use it intelligently. She is, however, indebted to her production staff for managing her songs in such a way that it takes full advantage of their potential. This New York City native has a lot of live performance experience under her belt and it’s a quality coming through very strongly in her singing. Her latest single, “Up All Night”, shows a great deal of her range, has a sleek and contemporary feel, and gives Moriber an excellent platform over which she can sing with exhausting passion.
She’s every bit the match of her energetic and strong backing track. Moriber keeps up with it from the beginning, winding her way around the fat bass and meaty synth lines. She has an impressive range that soars and dives as the track demands without ever venturing too far afield from the accompanying music. Her soaring and diving is directly tied in with the corresponding peaks and valleys of the backing track. There’s certainly a raw, backing in the corner quality to the longing manifested in the lyric, but there’s equal parts technique informing her performance. She alters her phrasing and approach with apparent ease depending on the content of individual passages. There’s a great balance between gravitas and pop textures in her vocals that gives “Up All Night” an unique sound and appeal, but it’s the bluesy color filling her voice at the song’s most wrenching moments that sticks in listener’s brains.
The electronic music is dominated by an enormous, recurrent bass pulse and synthesizer lines lain down with great gusto. It has a very physical sound with ever completely sacrificing nuance; despite the sheer amount of sound in this song, things remain uncluttered from beginning to end. The arrangement, however, is constructed in such a way that the song has great, rolling downhill momentum from the start and another benefit from the song’s construction is how to emphasizes the track’s dramatic elements without surrendering any of its assertive and physical sound. The lyrics are remarkably detailed, in some respects, for a pop song, but they are never unwieldy and the details Moriber incorporates into the track are significant. Bringing all these disparate strains together under one tent is a big reason why “Up All Night: will strike many listeners as Brooke Moriber’s most important release to date. She has truly connected with this track and there’s little question her target audience will connect as well with one of 2017’s best singles thus far.
by Lydia Hillenburg