Review: "Friend Like Me" - Rachel Grae
How many of us can relate to having a one-sided friendship? Probably all of us. “Friend Like Me” is a song about just this– having a bad friend. It’s always one person doing everything in the relationship: texting first, making plans, listening to the other person’s problems, and even just showing they care through nice gestures. Being the friend who always does the work with nothing in return can get tiring and damaging. You get to a point of resenting the friend for not reciprocating affection and it ultimately can tear people apart. “Friend Like Me” represents that point in the relationship where you realize it’s one-sided and wish that someone would treat you how you treat them, aka: a friend like you.
Starting off with some piano and synths, “Friend Like Me” takes on a chill, cool vibe. The longer melodic phrasing in the bass lines and synths creates a more intense kind of feel. It reflects Grae’s emotions well I think, how she’s kind of over it and a little pissed off over the friendship. The moderate tempo also helps create this mood of “badass/cool”. When I hear this song, I feel like I should be runway walking all powerful like. The single really does hold an air of power around it. It’s all about Grae realizing like “damn, this friend sucks, I could do so much better”. It’s about moving on and knowing your worth– don’t stick with someone who doesn’t value you like you value them. I think that’s not only an important message, but also, it’s conveyed through a song that gives off confidence and power.
Rachel Grae is based in the New York tri-state area where she can be found writing and preforming with her keyboard. The up-and-coming star has found her way to the spotlight through her large following on social media such as TikTok. The early draft of “Friend Like Me” went viral on TikTok racking up 7.3 million views and 1.5 million likes. With the support of her passionate fanbase, she got to the studio and worked to release this new single. Rachel draws inspiration from Kelly Clarkson and Adele as well as younger artists such as Olivia Rodrigo and Tate McRae. Grae’s music is emotional and vulnerable, always bringing honesty to her fans. Grae continues to put out music that will resonate with people, keep a look out for more great songs from Rachel!
Written By Emily Hancock
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