Recommended Tracks: Freaking Out, Feels So Nice, This Life I Have
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Growing up, it seems like everyone tries to avoid being classified as “a wreck.” We do not want to be the person who cannot get their life together, or the person who always fails. Yet, sometimes being a wreck is more than what it is cracked up to be, which is exactly what The Wrecks tell us on their debut album, Infinitely Ordinary.
The opening lines on the first track, “Freaking Out,” never fail to make me laugh. Frontman, Nick Anderson, sings, “In the bathroom, on my back / There’s a picture on the wall of Kanye West / He’s staring at me, he’s staring at me / I’m freaking out, I’m freaking out.” It soon becomes clear that Nick is referring to a not-so-fun experience with drugs, though, and goes on to describe feelings of paranoia (“she’s suspicious, she’s suspicious”), restlessness (“I’m standing up, I’m sitting down”), and confliction (“I’m freaking out, I feel fine”). This track might not be the most conventional track to kick off an album, but it makes for a memorable introduction to the band.
As far as relationships are concerned, there are a few tracks on the album that fool around with the idea of rejection. We have “We All Get Lonely,” which is all about putting yourself above a desperate situation. The driving melodies and bursts of rhythm fill you with energy and confidence, which you might need when trying to make it clear to someone that you are just not interested. But, what do you do when you cannot find it within yourself to initiate a break-up? An interesting answer is found on the lighthearted and anthemic, “Fvck Somebody,” where Nick explains that if the other person does something really crazy, then you would have no choice but to call it quits; no one would be able to blame you!
There are some relationships, though, that are too good to lose. The idea of not being with someone can be crushing, which is expressed on the heart-wrenching ballad, “Four.” The gentle accompaniment and light vocals set the track apart from others on the album, but will give you some intense feelings, nonetheless. However, you do not have to wallow in these feelings. On “Feels So Nice,” we hear about the wonders of falling in love with someone. All of the passion and the excitement is perfectly reflected through the mellow choruses and animated verses, and drive home how nice love can really feel.
The last two tracks pick apart the chaos that is life. The first of these tracks is “This Life I Have,” which tears down various vices and pleasures. How can you be content with the life you have, when everything about it seems wrong? How can you enjoy what is around you, when you are convinced that you do not deserve anything? In the end, it all comes down to realizing your worth, and how you cannot have the good times without the bad. This idea is further explored on the closing track, “Infinitely Ordinary.” Nick celebrates the seemingly mundane aspects of life on this track, and explains how important it is to live in the moment. He sings, “We started dancing on the roof / Might as well have been the moon,” and concludes, “I think I could get used to this infinitely ordinary life.”
Overall, this is a strong debut by The Wrecks. Even though Infinitely Ordinary is a quick listen (a little over 20 minutes), the tracks are extremely dynamic and make a lasting impression. Each track is like a mini movie, all with captivating plots and intriguing scenes. When the album ends, you cannot help but go back and enjoy them all again.
You can listen to Infinitely Ordinary on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.