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Yet another songstress added to the surplus of crooning folksy pop singer-songwriters, Anna Nalick summons the catchiest of melodies and the indie-cool street cred of Southern California to create Wreck of the Day, her debut into the world of the music industry. With influences from Fiona Apple to Tori Amos, Anna formulates her own version of such popular genres of pop chick rock using, of course, lyrics detailing the more poignant moments of her life.
As most chick pop rock goes, Wreck of the Day is relatable to the every-girl, pleasant to listen to, gets stuck in your head, and is non-offensive to the parental earóa great stocking stuffer! Itís the stuff youíll hear on the radio as sheís nominated for Grammy after Grammy. Yet it fails to make a lasting impression. Itís the ďnice CDĒ in the rack. Itís pleasant and polite and has potential, yet not anything anyone will be scrambling to get to. In fact, itís so polite and non-offensive that you feel like you must be courteous to it in return.
Sounds kind of like Vanessa Carlton, Sarah Mclachlan, Michelle Branch, Tori Amos and Maria Mena rolled into one generic emotional hopefulóa lucky lady who, in the eyes of music industry hounds, had dollar signs twinkling from every soulful chord and catchy hook. And good for her; her dream of being a performer and singer-songwriter is fast coming true. The great thing about Anna Nalick is the versatility that comes with being the ďnice CD.Ē She canít really receive any of the flak that singers like Britney Spears or Pop Diva #-whatever do since she writes her own stuff, and her voice ainít too shabby either. Itís soulful and airy but not too much of either, and itís wracked with emotion but not to the dreaded emotional extent. The only problem with ultra-versatility is that there is no distinctive trait that makes the music unique. Itís well done but lacks a signature. And all music deserves a signature.
January 24th, 2005