I really didn’t like this song when I first heard it. Like, whenever it came on the radio I would be like “ugh” and change the station. But then I actually listened to “Am I Wrong” by Nico & Vinz and realized how it truly embodies what I’m feeling at the moment and how it is nothing like I thought it was, making it #PhillipsSongOfTheDay.
Nico & Vinz actually started out as a duo in Norway called Envy. They did release an album, The Magic Soup and the Bittersweet Faces, in 2012 and as they started to gain greater recognition in Norway, they were signed to Warner Bros. in 2014. Upon being signed, they changed their duo name to Nico & Vinz as they didn’t want to be confused with other artists (apparently there is a Japanese band named Envy).
The thing I really like about this song is the rather fearless nature of it. In the song, they basically talk about how they’re going to live their lives the way they want, “out of the box.” They sing in the chorus:
“Am I wrong
For thinking that we could be something for real?
Now am I wrong
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
But that’s just how I feel”
I totally relate to this song at the moment. I’m at this point in my life where I need to decide what path I’m going to go down, career-wise. I know where I should go and what is socially acceptable, but I’m just feeling like why is it wrong that I want to take a risk with my life and do something I actually value doing? Am I wrong? Well, as Nico & Vinz sing:
“If you tell me I’m wrong
I don’t wanna be right“
I do think perhaps the reason I overlooked the song previously was because of the, want for a better word, blasé production. It’s not wrong or terrible by any means (God knows I’ve heard a lot worse), it just doesn’t really stand out. It kind of sounds like a couple other songs, which is why I was inclined to change the radio when it came one: I thought it was a different song. There isn’t something about the song that makes you want to stay tuned, other than the way he sings “Am I wrong” in the chorus; there is a lack of a strong hook. Compared to Charli XCX’s song “Boom Clap,” which I’m 97.54% sure I’m going to write about soon, there isn’t an element in the production of “Am I Wrong” that makes me want to put the song on repeat. I mean, I do listen it on repeat because I relate to the song, but if you aren’t going through this angst you may not totally appreciate this song. By no means is the production of “Am I Wrong” poor or terrible, it’s just not overwhelming awesome. It’s still an excellent song to jam to.