AJR’s The Click is one of the most relatable and honest collection of songs I’ve ever heard. Considering their transparency in the raw performance they gave as openers for Ingrid Michaelson, I’m not at all surprised. Brothers Jack and Adam’s dance moves resembled more of an awkward interaction between their slumping shoulders and the beats they were creating, but they were completely proud of it the entire time. Their silliness and joy left room for the audience to feel completely uninhibited throughout the rest of the night, free to just enjoy the music and performances, even if it meant making a fool of themselves. Or if you’re more low-key and don’t enjoy all the attention, you can always identify yourself with their oldest brother, Ryan. Either way, you can check out their dance moves from their first single off the album. I promise no words could sufficiently describe this dance phenomenon.
The Click touches on some of the most relatable topics like being strong enough to fight temptation, growing up into an “adult,” the debate of weed legalization (why is it even a debate?), needing their dad through it all, and even Netflix. The entire album was created from the comfort of their own living room, creating their own genre: spoke step, a play on dubstep but with their own manipulated vocals. If you follow them on social media, you’ll see that they frequently post mini tutorials on their song writing process. In the meantime, their commentary for “Big Idea” off an older album, Living Room, is a nice glimpse into their creative process.
“Overture” is perfect for getting the perfect glimpse into The Click. It’s the opening song, and it serves as a foreshadow of what to expect from the rest of the album. It carries lyrics, beats, and melodies, from the rest of the songs to follow.
Throughout the album, listeners are prized with the perfect balance between a new style of pop that emphasizes interesting beats and drops and a more nostalgic taste for traditional instruments like the piano and guitar. In “Sober Up” the brothers of AJR team with River Cuomo from Weezer to create an honest picture of out growing some of your best friends. It’s a harsh reality that’s illustrated with some rhythmic strings to ease the blow.
This theme of softening life’s blows continues in “Three-Thirty” as Jack not only admits he once used ADHD as a copout for being lazy, but the band continues to fight for their dreams despite its unlikeliness. Sometimes, however, the band can only do so much to paint a pretty picture out of something that is as ugly as heartbreak. In “Netflix,” Jack illustrates his youth for us throughout the seasons of The Office. No matter how many times I’ve listened to the song, I always find myself close to tears by the end of the second verse.
The entire album is an amazing glimpse into what the brothers deal with on a day to day basis, and as a 23-year old girl trying to figure out life, it’s surprisingly relatable.