Released two weeks before Greyson Chance’s 14th birthday, this debut album casts a wide net, throwing power ballads, dance-pop, and Fray-ish rock into the same pot. Hold on ‘Til the Night sometimes sounds a little aimless, as though Greyson and his small army of producers (there are 12 of them in total -- more producers than individual songs) decided to throw every genre at the studio wall and see what stuck. Whenever the songs do stick, though, they deliver the fizzy, adolescent kick of a younger Justin Bieber, replacing Bieber’s urban swagger with Greyson’s piano-based arrangements and dramatic, theater kid vocals. He’s a better singer than most boys his age, and he gets songwriting credits on more than half of the track list. As a result, Hold on ‘Til the Night functions more as a sign of what’s to come, setting Greyson up for a better album somewhere further down the road. He’s still just a boy, though, and songs like “Unfriend You” are far too pubescent for their own good.
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Leahey