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On her 2005 debut Anna Nalick prefers to simmer rather than scorch her way through a set of emotionally conflicted compositions. At 20, this California singer/songwriter shows a firm command of her craft, tossing off intricate wordplay and vivid imagery with ease. Damaged romance is a frequent concern, with the slightly countrified “Breathe (2 AM)” and the moody, rock-slanted “Bleed” cutting especially deep. Nalick has a knack for light, slippery grooves, coming across as a more playful Fiona Apple on shuffling tunes like “Citadel” and “Consider This.” She largely avoids melodrama in favor of interior exploration — “Paper Bag” and “Catalyst” probe tormented relations with a feel for minute detail. While most of the tracks here are folk-pop, “Forever Love (Digame)” allows Nalick to put on the elegant airs of a jazz chanteuse. Best of all is the title song (heard here in two versions), a brooding account of obsession and acceptance set to a woozy, smoldering melody. In the end, Nalick makes even her painful confessions sound life affirming.

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These Words are My Diary Screaming Out Loud

A couple of months ago, iTunes offered up a Single of the Week by a new artist, Anna Nalick. The song, Breathe (2 AM), was mellow song that you want to blast while driving on a warm summer night and has been on heavy rotation in my life ever since. Unfortunately, the subsequence album took about four months to come out, which it finally did this week. Any wonder to why people try to download such albums before they are released. Luckily VH1 has been streaming the whole album for the last couple weeks, so I've had a chance to preview it just incase this was a one hit wonder situation. And after a few listens I can tell you Anna Nalick is far from Tubthumping territory. Wreck of the Day starts out with Breathe and doesn't let down from there. Most of the songs conjure up images of some of the best female singer-songwriters of recent memory. With a piano driven album, Vanessa Carlton would be an easy comparison. Citadel sounds like something out of Jewel's Spirit era (still remains her best work), while In the Rough sounds more like and Americanized version of a Corrs song. Hints of the Cranberries, Sarah McLachlan and Michelle Branch can also be heard throughout her debut. Other songs of note on the album include Catalyst a song where your heart will break when listening to especially during the line "God, don't know if I'm strong enough now." The song chronicles the self doubt of a woman who just got out of a relationship. Nalick also goes where some of my favorite songs have gone before, space, with Satellite joining Dave Matthews Band (Satellite) and Counting Crows (Recovering the Satellites). And like the other songs, Anna's Satellite is a song about looking to sky for some help. The highlight for me was the closer, Consider This, a bouncy song that sounds like it should be perform at a Cabaret (could be a good video idea). It even contains lines like, "So lay your hands over me, and feel what you only see, but don't bother wasting your time if you're trying to change me." The one song that slips up a little is Forever Love which might sound more a home on a Mandy Moore album, not that there is anything wrong with that. Overall, it is hard to find any major flaws in the album.

Why you should buy it, song by song.

This is definitely an amazing album. It's amazing from beginning to end, no filler songs. -"Breathe (2 AM)" has very beautiful lyrics, and gives us all a gentle reminder that we can't dwell on the past and our regrets, that we just need to move on. -"Citadel" is a very gentle, breathtaking song. It's about being afraid to jump in with both feet, to take chances and always hope for the best. -"Paper Bag" is supposed to be a spin on the Bee Girl from Blind Melon's "No Rain." Members of Blind Melon produced Anna's album, and the bridge to this song is almost identical to the chorus of "No Rain." -"Wreck of the Day" is one of the greatest songs ever written. Anna's easy vocals allow you to see into her soul, exactly how she feels. Every day you have a problem, and in the end it'll make you stronger. And if you're in a situation where you're only hurting yourself by being there, just leave. -"Satellite" tells a story of Anna being on the road, on tour, away from home. The slow verses pull you into the powerful chorus. 'I'm better nowhere-bound than drowning on your solid ground.' -"Forever Love (Digame)" is an all around beautiful song. Anna's vocals are amazing, and the melody is enchanting. It has a very touching story of moving on without being told you're loved. 'Digame' means 'tell me' in Spanish. -"In the Rough" has some of the best vocals on the album. The falsetto in the chorus is just plain gorgeous, and it tells the story of an abusive boyfriend, and how Anna will eventually find love in the rough. -"In My Head" is a very beautiful ballad. Even though Anna would never tell, it's about her crush on John Mayer growing up. The vocals will blow you away, and the piano is amazing. -"Bleed" is a much edgier song. Although it's good on the album, it's ten times better live. With this song, Anna shows us that she's not all about slow, relaxing songs. Her voice can do so much more. -"Catalyst" is an all around well-written track. Anna grew up near LA, and this is her story of how one person can change another person's life, if they act as the catalyst. -"Consider This" is a good close to the album. The lyrics are very very clever, and her vocals rise and fall to the verses. 'I'll go from bad to worse, then later back to better, but I'll never better bridges that I'm bent to burn.' Anna is definitely proud of this album, and it should only take you one listen to see why. A good clue is the clapping you hear at the very end of "Consider This," Anna's way of showing how happy she is that the album's done, and it's something to be proud of.

Mixed Bag: A glimpse of some really well-done songs

Anna Nalick created a cd that encompasses pop with a kind of folk vibe. I was really impressed by the songs " Catalyst" and " Citadel" where that folk vibe, and her likeness to artists like Fiona Apple and Tori Amos really shown through. They were beautiful songs which had a rough edge to them that broke Nalick out of the stereotypical pop sound. The songs " Breathe" and " Wreck of the Day" displayed more of her pop side, which I still enjoyed. Nalick has a way of reaching out to her audiences, in the pain you can hear in her voice. Besides these " Break out" tracks, two of which are mainstream, Nalick's album was a disappointment to me, and others who don't buy into mainstream pop.


Born: March 30, 1984 in Glendora, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Her love of the Cranberries, John Mayer, and Fiona Apple is easy to hear when one listens to the poignant music of singer/songwriter Anna Nalick, but it's her beloved Blind Melon that had the most impact on her career. The California native had been recording demos on a cheap cassette recorder when one of her tapes ended up in the hands of former Blind Melon members Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith. The two were now a production team and with Eric Rosse -- a producer who had worked with another Nalick...
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