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For the past few weeks, I have been listening to the same album on repeat every day. The Click, by the band AJR, is composed of Indie pop featuring the talents of the Met brothers, Adam (vocals/bass), Jack (vocals/guitar) and Ryan (guitar/piano/vocals.) The band holds over six million Spotify listeners per month and made their first breakthrough into fame through their album The Click. The Click features thirteen songs that are all closely connected, following the same themes and verbal queues.

The album starts with “Overture,” which first introduces the metronome, or “clicking,” theme present through the entirety of the album. “Overture” uses snippets to intertwine with the other 12 songs present in the album to give the listener a sense of what the album is about.

The second song in the album, “The Good Part,” features a recurring sample of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 to symbolize a graduation that you’re happy but sad at the same time. The song focuses on the desire to skip to “The Good Part[s]” in life and the fear that one doesn’t recognize until the time actually comes.

Weak” is the third song in the album and the most popular. With almost 400 million spotify hits, “Weak” expresses very real and emotional thoughts everyone has, like the line “but I’m weak, and what’s wrong with that?” The song is about trying to resist your urges, but everyone’s “Weak” in doing so. AJR told All Access Music “the goal of [‘Weak’] was to address what everyone is thinking, but no one is saying.”

Drama,” the fifth song in the album, mentions the drama in AJR’s life that they “can’t live without.” This song speaks of the unimportant problems in the world. Although there are more pressing matter we should consider, we seem to focus all our attention on irrelevant topics such as dram” in celebrity lives.

Turning Out” is a specifically emotional song that shows how the cultural trappings of our everyday lives sculpt our idea of love. In “Turning Out,” Adam, the vocalist in this song, uses the line “you say I turned out fine, I think I’m still turning out” to show that ideas change, perspectives evolve, relationships flourish or die and or innocence changes or remains unchanged.

“Three-Thirty” is the eighth song in the album and is arguably my favorite of the bunch. Adam, also the vocalist for this song, told Genius Lyrics the song is about how “the generation we are growing up in is so schizophrenic in its likes and dislikes, with social media and having content thrown in our face so much. The song changes so many times throughout to keep up with that schizophrenic idea of this generation.”

The final song in the album, “Come Hang Out,” shows the hardships of making it in life. Adam told Genius Lyrics “we wanted to kind of write a song about the sacrifices that we’ve made by doing what we’re doing.” The song shows how a lot of the friends AJR has made along the way are often asking them to “Hang Out” but they often find themselves saying “I’ll be there next time.”

The album all ties together through the song “Overture,” beginning the album perfectly to set up the songs to come. AJR has a very unique style that isn’t captured through other artists and definitely deserves a listen.

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