BBC Home
Explore the BBC



Last Updated: Thursday June 04 2009 11:06 GMT

Single review: Dani Harmer - Free

Dani Harmer (Pic: Universal Music)

By Newsround's Ricky

Release date

25 May 2009

The style

If you like your rock mixed with a bit of pop, and you're into Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff, then you will absolutely love this.

The song's called Free and it's one of those tracks that really gets into your head after a couple of plays.

The track features strong vocals from Dani, a powerful chorus accompanied with guitars and of course, a heavy drumbeat. The track sounds pretty American to me, which isn't very original, but it's a popular sound with lots of pop fans.

You might already be familiar with Dani's debut single, it was also the theme tune for the CBBC sit-com Dani's House, which she also starred in.

The words

Dani really belts out the chorus in this track. With the words: "Sometimes I feel like breaking free, let's lift these chains." Is she trying to tell us something?

Maybe she wants to escape the acting world and break into the music scene.

And with these lyrics: "Lets rock this wave right out to sea, I'm craving for sunlight, the wind in my hair," it sounds like Dani just wants to enjoy herself in her new found music spotlight.

Will you still be humming it next week?

The video is bright, fun and goes really well with this track. I've got to say the chorus is the catchiest part.

Each verse washed over me, but the chorus really stuck in my head. I've been humming it without realising - that's always a good sign.

Will it make the charts?

This is tough one for Dani. It's always hard for soap stars to go from an acting career into a music career, so it might be quite tough for her.

A lot of people will recognise Dani from Tracy Beaker and Dani's House which could be a good thing. It means she already has thousands of fans who will love her pop/rock sound.

Then again, this single is quite similar to other American pop stars like Miley Cyrus - maybe a bit too similar.

Will it make the top 10? I reckon she's got a pretty good chance. Good luck Dani!

NR rating:

Four out of five

This reviews page is now closed. Here are some of the reviews you sent in.

Your comments

"I absolutely think the song rocks!! I love it so much, it is always in my head. I'd rate it 15/15. "

Amreen, 12, Kent, England

"I prefer the chorus because it's really catchy but the rest of the song is really good as well."

Katie, 13, Essex, England

"I love this song to bits, the first time I heard this, I cant stop singing it. It's great."

Zhara, 12, Leicester, England

"My sister does not think it's her singing but I think the song is good. 6/10"

Chloe, 11, Kent, England

"I think it's really good and people are really going to like her."

Sophie, 12, Hertfordshire, England

"I think Dani is great at acting but not so much for singing. I hate the song. I think it's horrible and tacky."

Connie, 9, England

"I think it is brilliant!!!"

Nicole, 11, Wolverhampton, England

"I love the song it rocks and so does Dani. I first heard the song on Dani's House and now I can't stop singing it. You rock DANI."

Connie, 9, England

"I think it sounds amazing and i love it!"

Sophie, 10, Liverpool, England

"I think Dani is a good singer. But I don't think the song is up to much. I hope that she brings out another single and makes the song better."

Georgie, 13, UK

"Fun to see Dani singing! It was cool!"

Cleo, 9, London, England.

"I think it's great, it's catchy and I give it 10/10 x."

Charlotte, 13, Cardiff, Wales.

"I think Dani is really pretty. Although in Dani's House she is a bit bossy maybe she's not in real life."

Chanel, 10, Mansfield, England.

"I love Dani Harmer and Dani's House"

Kate, 9, Cornwall, England.

"She was good I would say 10/10."

Finley, 6, London, England.

"Dani totally rocks. She is fantastic at acting and especially at singing."

Rua, 10, Manchester, England.

"Dani Harmer is so cool. Super cool."

Aisha, 9, London, England.

"Dani's new song is brilliant! I love it! It's my new favourite. I'm going to sing it in my school play."

Annie, 10, Gloucestershire, England.

"I didn't think that it would be that good, I liked the chorus the best. I like it!"

Billie, 12, London, England.

"It's brilliant if you like a bit of rock and pop. I was one of the first to download it online!"

Matthew, 10, Northampton, England.

"I don't know if I like it that much, it gets a bit boring after a while, don't you think?"

Emily, 13, Oxfordshire, England.

"I love the song but Dizzee Rascal is so much better!"

Beth, 9, Norwich, England.

"I really like Dani Harmer's new song. I've never heard her sing before, but she sounds AMAZING!"

Trisha, 11, Birmingham, England.

"I'm a big fan of Dani but I really don't think this song is very good. Sorry Danni! X."

Natalie, 11, London, England.

"I think the song was good but I like the programme better."

Isabelle, 10, Somerset, England.

"I love that song."

Rabz, 10, Leeds, England.

"I think this song is OK but I think it could be better."

Hetty, 11, Lincolnshire, England.

"The song is cheesy for someone her age. The whole Breaking Free thing is so High School Musical. She needs to go for a contemporary music sound. It will suit her better."

Rachael, 14, London, England.

"The song sounds good but it isn't a song I would keep on listening to. Sorry but I still love Dani!"

Saira, 14, London, England.

"I thought the song was wicked and I think Dani should stick to the music career."

Rosie, 12, London, England.

"I'm not trying to be mean but to be honest, I think she is a rubbish singer. Her voice really isn't that good."

Millicent, 11, Greater Manchester, England

"I think that this song is brilliant, but it does get a bit boring after a bit."

Laura, 12, London, England

"I love this song it's really catchy."

Georgia, 9, Hampshire, England

"The song itself is not bad at all, if a bit cheesy. However, Dani's voice is so weak that it sounds like she wouldn't be good to see live."

Layla, 12, London, England

"It's okay but I still prefer the old Dani."

Lilly, 14, Grimsby, England

"I'm not sure I like it very much. It's a bit boring!"

Dan, 12, Oxford, England

"I love this song, it's great!!"

Harry, 10, Cumbria, England

"I think the song isn't very catchy and isn't original - I personally don't like it."

Ella, 10, Milton Keynes, England

"It is so good, I will definitely buy the CD. It rocks!!"

Hannah, 12, Plymouth, England

"It's good but the style is not."

Craig, 8, Harrogate, England

"I love this song!!! So catchy. I first heard it on Dani's House and I cant get it out of my head."

Annie, 11, Merseyside, England

"I think that Dani Harmer's single is terrible!!!

Bob, 11, Leeds

"I think the song is really good!"

Emily, 14, London, England