Anna Nalick – Wreck of the Day

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Anna Nalick
Artist: Anna Nalick
Title: Wreck of the Day
Label: Sony
Rating: 7/10

CORPORATE LINE: Anna Nalick is beginning to live her dreams. As one of a new breed of singer-songwriters for this young century, the 20-year-old California native has put the finishing touches on her debut album, Wreck of the Day, and the result is a refreshing blend of sophisticated wordplay, haunting melodies, sublime textures and atmosphere. With all music and lyrics written by Anna, Wreck of the Day signals the arrival of an unmistakable new voice in pop music, full of youthful exuberance and provocative reflection.

Anna takes a heartfelt, introspective and spiritual approach when writing her words and music. She notes that “inspiration comes from a variety of sources,” adding that her songs are “not necessarily about my personal experiences, but sometimes just observations of situations or relationships of different people I’ve known. They get funneled through my own inner psyche. Whatever the source of the interpretation, the feelings I get are personal. I find a need to write these feelings down in words and the melody follows.” Although Anna’s songs are intimate, they are poignantly universal at the same time.

THE GREAT:
“Breathe” – There is something that resembles Jewel yet you can see that Nalick certainly has a love for Country music just as much as the usual female rockers like Jewel and Alanis.
“Wreck of the Day” – Nalick nails it. If we had to give the definite Nalick song this would absolutely be the track. This is one of those rare perfect songs. “Driving away from the wreck of the day/ and I’m thinking ‘bout calling on Jesus/ ‘Cause love doesn’t hurt so I’m not falling in love/ I’m just falling to pieces”
“Paper Bag” – There is something odd about “Paper Bag.” Nalick is singing about hiding in a paper bag dreaming of a day when she becomes beautiful and yet there is a sense of hope. Perhaps you’ll interpret it differently irregardless you’ll love it.

THE AVERAGE:
“Citadel” – It’s hard to say if this is average or great as its right in the middle. Nalick’s voice is beautiful even if the lyrics aren’t as brilliant.
“Satellite” – Nalick isn’t perfect and this track proves it.

THE BAD:
Nothing.

FRANKLY: The lyrics of “Wreck of the Day” had a poignancy that still haunts me now. Nalick has a way of taking a lyric and sticking it so far into your brain that you take it to heart. Wreck of the Day does tail off towards the end however with so many great tracks stacked at the beginning. Wreck of the Day is a knockout that we never saw coming.

+ Rae Gun

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