YouTubers newly released music turns out dull

‘Bad Karma’ lacks spark that past work has shown

Fair use from Gabbie Hanna

Fair use from Gabbie Hanna

Izzy Kanne

As a fan of Gabbie Hanna’s YouTube channel, I was excited to stream her newest extended play (EP) “Bad Karma,” but after listening, I was left unsatisfied.

In 2017, Hanna started releasing singles that showed great potential for a music career. Two years later she released her first EP “2WayMirror,” which was very enjoyable and told her story of heartbreak in a unique and theatrical way.

After a strong build up, I had high expectations for Hanna’s newest music, but they were not met. “Bad Karma” wasn’t necessarily bad, but it wasn’t good either. The EP’s title song is the only song I would add to my personal playlist\; it’s upbeat and catchy and it reminds me of the reason I like Hanna’s music.

There are four other songs on the EP, three of which I would give a mediocre rating. “Glass House,” “Special” and “Dandelion” are very creative and honest, but I’m not driven to seek them out as independent songs.

One track sticks out among the rest in a way that brings down the entirety of the release. “Happy” is Hanna’s last song on her EP about overcoming hate and negativity thrown at her. Her typical sound is pop-punk and most of the time is dark, but “Happy” is a bubbly and repetitive profession of her love for her boyfriend. The song’s lyrics explain that she usually uses the sadness in her life to make art and now she’s so happy that she’s worried about finding inspiration. While the intent behind the song is sweet and sincere, the song itself is bad. It’s not cohesive with the other songs and there’s none of the unique spunk that Hanna usually brings to the table vocally and creatively.

As a whole, “Bad Karma” brings little to the table, but even in her dissatisfactory release, there’s no doubt that she has talent and ability to make more good music.

“Bad Karma”: ★★☆☆☆