Reviewed by: Fareeha Naim
In an age that relishes in experimentation, technology, and innovation, sometimes, it’s refreshing to get a taste of simplicity and balance. And that’s exactly what Those Pretty Wrongs gives with their debut self-titled album. Only ten tracks long, this duo creates peace and fluidity with an acoustic guitar, repetitive beats, and tight harmonies.
Right from the opening, “Ordinary Day,” the calm, relaxing tone of the album is set. However, though the tone stays, each track is definitely not the same. “Empty City” lets the piano take control, having it as the only instrument in the first verse and chorus before the guitar and drums chime in, contrasting with the next song, “Thrown Away” which features a funk-like rhythm during each verse before morphing back into soft rock. This juxtaposition of slower ballads with upbeat numbers keeps the album moving, and the listener interested.“Never Goodbye” starts with simple piano chord, but picks up into a bouncing beat by the first chorus. “The Cube” features a short, yet recognizable portion of Julius Fucik’s “Entry of the Gladiators,” the song that is played at most carnivals and circuses, at the end of each chorus.
Those Pretty Wrongs balances creativity with simplicity by taking the barest forms of their music and adding just enough elements to keep it new and refreshing. Each track is made unique with its own flair, whether it be because of the dominant instrument, the musical style, or the tone. Just ten tracks, and I’m already waiting for what Those Pretty Wrongs will come out with next.