Review: Karen Vallo, Somehow You’ll Know
Karen Vallo, Somehow You’ll Know
After finishing high school, eighteen-year-old Karen Vallo, who is also a member of the vocal group The Jellybeans, recorded “Somehow You’ll Know,” just prior to heading off to college. Vallo recorded “Somehow You’ll Know” for those who have lost someone special, aspiring to help keep that person alive in their hearts. The song, which was recorded and produced by Steve Lo Presto and was written by Anthony Coviello, was originally intended to be recorded by The Jellybeans, with Vallo as the lead vocalist. However, due to busy schedules, The Jellybeans were prevented from recording together. Nonetheless, Vallo took it upon herself to record the gentle, but hopeful ballad, “Somehow You’ll Know.”
Instrumentally, “Somehow You’ll Know” is rather simple. “Somehow You’ll Know” is a four-and-a-half minute song that predominantly features a light piano accompaniment, a gentle but supportive percussion performance, and bass undertones. What takes center stage on the track is, in fact, Vallo’s vocals. The soft, light instrumentation provides an impeccable platform for Vallo’s vocals to shine and for her introspective, precocious lyrics to captivate listeners.
Vallo’s inner struggles with her grief are easily audible throughout the song’s first verse, as she softly sings, “I’ve been thinking about you | I always do and I’m trying hard not to let the teardrops fall | I hang onto the moments, a lifetime of them | What I wouldn’t give to relive them all again.” In this instance, Vallo, whose voice presents a softness that correlates with her sadness and sorrow, is still struggling with the grief. Her gentle vocal delivery resonates with listeners, establishing a sincerity and genuineness between the listener and Vallo. There’s an unequivocal rawness in Vallo’s vocal delivery that illustrates to listeners that she has been struggling with the passing of someone special to her, and that she is genuinely trying to find the strength to combat the difficulties of the grieving process.
The track also conveys a sense of optimism, as evinced by the chorus of “Somehow You’ll Know.” Throughout the chorus, Vallo, as sincere as ever and as she hits falsettos, sings, “I believe in my heart if I’m thinking about you, somehow you’ll know | Somehow you’ll know | If in my sorrow these thoughts make me smile, somehow you’ll know | Somehow I know you’ll know.” As she progresses through “Somehow You’ll Know,” Vallo makes strides in accepting the passing of someone close to her, thereby growing optimistic.
Though the song’s instrumentation rarely deviates from a standard piano accompaniment and light drum beat, the instrumentation of “Somehow You’ll Know” picks up in excitement towards its completion. Instead of relying on rather repetitive instrumentation, “Somehow You’ll Know” picks up towards the end with a soulful electric guitar solo and more intricate, energetic drum fills. The song’s progression in instrumentation excitement nicely complements the lyrics’ increase in optimism and hopefulness. As evidenced by the song’s final verse, Vallo sings, “You’re not really gone | You will always be in my heart.”
With “Somehow You’ll Know,” eighteen-year-old Karen Vallo creates a song that realistically portrays the grieving process with a mixture of sorrow, optimism, and introspection. Though instrumentally it is rather simple and the production quality is not immensely well-polished, Vallo has done well in delivering a powerful song that is strengthened by her evident sincerity.
Review By: Alexa Spieler
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)