Pop/Adult Alternative

Wreck of the Day

By Anna Nalick

 Distributed By: Sony Music

Reviewed by Justine Manzano

             You come home from whatever stress you’ve been facing for the better half of your day, let the CD play and run the gamut of emotions with the artist until you are left at the end with a soft smile on your face, feeling a lot better than you had before you’d hit the “Play” button.  You consider taking the CD out of your player—it’s been two months since you’ve removed it.  Hasn’t it gotten enough play?  You do have other CD’s.  Perhaps you should listen to those.  But as you pull out your old faithful Crossroads by Bon Jovi, you can’t seem to switch the CD out.  You almost feel guilty.  You love all your CD’s but you can’t help neglecting them.  You tell yourself you’ll listen to it for a couple of more weeks before it becomes relegated to the spinner…you lie.  This is the effect that Anna Nalick’s Wreck of the Day has. 

            Anna Nalick is the best new thing to arrive in the music business in a while.  Her sultry “not quite pop” voice has the beauty of Kelly Clarkson’s and the strength of Alanis Morrissete’s, and her lyrics contain a pinch of the poetry of Jewel.  This sweet mix, along with well-written melodies and catchy hooks, makes her CD impossible to dislike. 

            The CD begins with Breathe (2AM), which was widely released with the disc.  This song has a great hook and it’s fast talking yet peaceful sound is rather unique.  The lyrics here are particularly sound: “And I feel like I’m naked in front of the crowd/Cause these words are my diary screaming out loud/And I know that you’ll use them however you want to.”  Citadel is a moving yet uplifting song about moving on from a break-up, with an interesting metaphor connecting a person’s love to a stronghold.  Paper Bag, one of my favorites, is the touching tale of a physically troubled outcast: “Someday we’ll all be old/and I’ll be so damn beautiful.”  Wreck of the Day is another tale of tragic love, but the old theme stays fresh with lines like, “Love doesn’t hurt so I know I’m not falling in love/I’m just falling to pieces.”  Satellite is another love song, but this one is about a love that’s far away: reachable only by a two-way radio. 

            Forever Love (Digame), is about someone who is on the edge of death, who just wants to know that the man she loves will love her forever.  This song is the sweet center of the CD, coming off as an anchor amongst the storm of crazy emotions we follow Nalick through.  In the Rough is about moving on from a relationship and finding a way to “Sparkle on my own.”  In My Head wonders whether the one you love is really as good as you think they are, or if you’re just imagining it. 

Bleed, another favorite although I love them all, is about a harsh relationship—another case of same old tale, different with Nalick.  This is her renegade song, as can be shown by: “I’m killing the ghost of you I’m close to awakening me” and “I’m taking my heart and setting it free/And baby now you’re just another song to me/And the edge of your sword isn’t sharp enough for me to bleed,” which just makes you want to shout, “YOU GO GIRL!”…or something a little less passé.  Catalyst brings the CD back to a more mellow setting, as it romantically discusses dependency and suicidal thoughts.  To wrap the CD up, we get a snappy beat in the song Consider This, a song that scoffs at attempts to change people through love.

            Anna Nalick adds a whole new dimension to the female singer-songwriter genre.  There is an engaging poetry to her lyrics that would stand alone and, most importantly, sends a message without any preachy-ness and while still retaining fun and bouncy rhythms that make you unable to keep yourself from singing along before you even understand the message being sent.  Even the old usual messages became fresh and new with the spin of her lyrics and her sweet and soft voice.  Don’t be fooled by the soft sound of the first few songs though…her voice can get powerful when necessary, but she’s in no way a pop princess—her voice doesn’t need to be flaunted to be enjoyed.  The pleasant melodies and gorgeous lyrics sell this CD by themselves.  It doesn’t hurt at all that the girl can sing. 

            This is the total package people.  It has what every Vocal CD should have: Lyrics, Melody, Rhythm, and a great voice to back it up.  I take it back…this CD deserves to stay in my CD player.  I’ll wait till I find something good enough to replace it.  I think it will be there for a while.             


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