AJR- music review 

Hey guys! So I wanted to talk about the most recent group that I am now obsessed with. They give me a certain Jon Bellion vibe mixed with incredible lyrics. I’m going to talk about three songs of theirs that I absolutely love, even though I kind of want to rant about all of them. Please go check out AJR, because they are amazing!

  1. The Good Part-

One two three four
One two three four
One two three four
Have I done my best here, or
Will I be here next year, or
Are these my best years yet?
Was looking forward to
Being important but
I’m not important yet
If you put this scene on a movie screen
Is it called a helping hand?
If the world gets me
Where I’m supposed to be
Will I know I’ve made it then?
It’s so hard
Can we skip to the good part?
One two three four
One two three four
If there’s a good part then
I hope it’s not far ’cause
I thought it’d be today
I napped on campus and
I smoked that damn six bud
It didn’t feel so great
If you put this scene on a movie screen
Is it called a helping hand?
If the world gets me
Where I’m supposed to be
Will I know I’ve made it then?
It’s so hard
So can we skip to the good part?
One two three four
One two three four
(Can we skip to the good part?)
(To the good part?)
(To the good part?)
One two three four
One two three four
These things take time
Mom and dad they have a good life
But what am I gonna do with mine?
These things take time
Mom and dad they have a good life
But what the hell am I gonna do with mine?

I love this song because I relate to it. I sometimes question if this is the best part of my life, because to be honest it’s not so bad. It’s just not all I want from life. I also have no idea what I’m going to do with my life, I want to be an author, but that’s not really a rock solid plan. I feel like there is a whole lot of people out there who feel this way too, so I  song is really important. This also makes me think about how life can really, really, really suck, but just thinking about the good things going on in your life sometimes makes it all worth it. That’s my way of “skipping to the good part.” Sound wise, I think it’s really cool how in the beginning it has a Melanie Martinez vibe with the childish “One two three four. One two three four. One two three four.”

2. Sober Up-

Hello, hello
I’m not where I’m supposed to be
I hope that you’re missing me
‘Cause it makes me feel young
Hello, hello
Last time that I saw your face
Was recess in second grade
And it made me feel young
Won’t you help me sober up
Growing up it made me numb
And I want to feel something again
Won’t you help me sober up
All the big kids they are drunk
And I want to feel something again
Won’t you help me feel something again
How’s it go again?
Goodbye, goodbye
I said to my bestest buds
We said that we’d keep in touch
And we did our best
All my new friends
We smiled at party time
But soon we forgot to smile
At anything else
Won’t you help me sober up
Growing up it made me numb
And I want to feel something again
Won’t you help me sober up
All the big kids they are drunk
And I want to feel something again
Won’t you help me feel something again
How’s it go again?
How’s it go again?
My favorite color is you
You’re vibrating out my frequency
My favorite color is you
You keep me young and that’s how I wanna be
My favorite color is you
You’re vibrating out my frequency
My favorite color is you
You keep me young and that’s how I wanna be
Hello, hello
I’m not where I’m supposed to be
I hope that you’re missing me
‘Cause it makes me feel young
Hello, hello
Last time that I saw your face
Was recess in second grade
And it made me feel young
And I wanna feel something again
I just wanna feel something again
How’s it go again?
Won’t you help me sober up
Growing up it made me numb
And I want to feel something again
Won’t you help me sober up
All the big kids they are drunk
And I want to feel something again
Won’t you help me feel something again?
Can I finally feel something again?
How’s it go again?

My favorite part of the song is when everything seems to pause besides the singer saying “How’s it go again?”. This song reminds me of one of best friends. We don’t get to see each other much because we live kind of far away and are both busy, so I understand the whole missing each other concept from this song. All of their songs is packed full of lyrics like these that give you all of the feels. The first song I showed you guys makes me question my future and my decisions for it, this song makes me think about all of my great friendships with people like CEB and the one that lives far-ish away.

3. Turning Out-

I hold you
I hold you closer then I ever knew
I could do
But I’m confused
I thought I’d recognize when love was true
But I’m confused
Am I ready for love?
Or maybe just a best friend
Should there be a difference
Do you have instructions?
Maybe I’m stuck on what I see on TV
I grew up on Disney
But this don’t feel like Disney
You say I turned out fine
I think I’m still turning out
You say I turned out fine
I think I’m still turning out
I think I’m still turning out
In my mind
I thought the birds would sing and sparks would fly
But it’s just quiet
Am I cruel?
Or am I ignorant or was I fooled
By the stories I knew?
Am I ready for love?
Or maybe just a best friend
Should there be a difference
Do you have instructions?
Maybe I’m stuck on what I see on TV
I grew up on Disney
But this don’t feel like Disney
You say I turned out fine
I think I’m still turning out
You say I turned out fine
I think I’m still turning out
I hope you stick around
We’re gonna figure it out
Who can I turn to now?
When I’m still turning out
When I’m still turning out
I’m a little kid, and so are you
Don’t you go and grow up before I do
I’m a little kid with so much doubt
Do you want to be there to see how I turn out?
I’m a little kid, and so are you
Don’t you go and grow up before I do
I’m a little kid with so much doubt
Do you want to be there to see how I turn out?
I’m a little kid, and so are you
Don’t you go and grow up before I do
I’m a little kid with so much doubt
Do you want to be there to see how I turn out?
I’m a little kid, and so are you
Don’t you go and grow up before I do
I’m a little kid with so much doubt
Do you want to be there to see how I turn out?
‘Cause I’m still turning out

This song is a little slower than the others, which makes it even more sentimental for me. This makes me think about my non existent romantic history, and how I wish some of the people that I used to think I liked were still in my live. “Am I ready for love, or maybe just a best friend?” I’m to a point in my life were I just want as many people that I love in it. I don’t need that kind of love yet I just want to be friends with people that I care about. I want to remember these people as I “turn out” and go through my life as more than I friendship that I ruined by having a crush on them.

So that’s just what these songs take me to. Please comment about what type of feeling you get from certain songs. I’d love to hear your guys take on things. Have a great day!

– MLC

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