Eric Anders – “So Wrong”

Developing a steady fanbase since his 2003 debut, California-based singer/songwriter Eric Anders’ 2016 compilation Big World Abide: The Best of Eric Anders compiled a bunch of his memorable efforts, including the self-titled track, a melancholic and laid-back highlight with a jazzy feel propelled by piano flourishes and vibrant rhythm section. Anders’ voice isn’t commanding, but much like Pearl Jam ballads he lets tone and instrumental adornments aid in the emotional process. This is again the case throughout his new album Eleven Nine, a track that details the feelings many experienced following the 2016 presidential election.

“So Wrong” rides on acoustics and Anders’ emotional vocals, which ask “What’s wrong with my nation?” over sporadic twang effects and, close to the three-minute mark, melodic backing vocal additions. It’s one of the quainter tracks on Eleven Nine, streaming in full below, though shows Anders’ lyrical impact and effective sound very well.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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