Review: "Smoke Alarm" - Laura Marano
You do not truly know what you have until it is gone. You could believe you have moved on and that you are doing fine, but then something reminds you of what you had and you feel the heartbreak all over again. When going through a break-up, sometimes the smallest incident can cause you to miss the other person. In Laura Marano’s new song, “Smoke Alarm”, she describes her experience with this feeling. She sings about waking up to the sound of a broken smoke alarm. This prompted her to imagine what their response would have been if they were still together. She cannot help but wonder if she truly misses them, or if waking to the sound alerted her to the vulnerability without them. In the chorus, she sings, “Is it only a moment of weakness I shouldn’t believe? // If it’s just a broken smoke alarm, why is it so hard to breathe?” This song is very heartbreaking because a mundane task like fixing a smoke alarm has brought on all these questions and doubts. It has been over a year, and she still feels lost without her former lover. She wants them to come back, but does not know if she should ask. These are all feelings she had, but had never wanted to admit until the smoke alarm started beeping. Marano takes this mix of emotions and transforms it into a beautiful, heartbreaking ballad.
An important aspect to a heartbreaking ballad is the emotions behind the artist’s vocals. In “Smoke Alarm”, Marano accomplishes this. The raw emotions are felt as she is reminiscing on her lost love and hoping they may come back. The power of her vocals breaks the hearts of listeners, as if they are feeling what she is feeling. The composition of the song adds to the passion with the soft, steady tempo intensifying at the bridge. The climax of the song is Marano’s last attempt to reach out to her former lover, hoping they hear her message. However, perhaps the most intriguing part of the production is one special sound effect used that ties the song together perfectly. Marano incorporates the sound of a smoke alarm going off at the end of each chorus. This is a brilliant addition to the song, bringing the imagery to life. “Smoke Alarm” is a methodically composed and written song that perfectly accentuates Marano’s talent.
Laura Marano is a singer-songwriter and classically-trained musician. In 2019, Marano dropped her debut EP, Me. Then in 2020, she released her second EP, You. These two projects combine to show that “there are always two sides to every story”. In 2021, she released a deluxe You EP. Most recently in July 2022, she released the surprising third chapter, Us. Marano is well-known for her role as Ally in the hit Disney Channel series, Austin & Ally. She has starred in many movies such as The Perfect Date, Saving Zoe, which she also produced, and The War With Grandpa. Her most recent film was Netflix Original The Royal Treatment. She has many ongoing projects between her music and acting career. She has just begun her very first tour, so check out her social media to see if she is coming to a city near you!
Written By Karlee Smith