Being a former “advanced placement” student and then being the only one of your friends to not grow up to have a legit career, yeah – it can sting, but I can and will wrap my wounds in the sweet sounds of “Wasted Potential” by Natalie Carr. If you’re like me or have been in a similar situation, this is your new anthem so sing it loud, and well, we’ll get to that.
Inspired by the expectations society places upon us to live out these grand lives of excellence and normative success, Natalie Carr penned a song for those of us who went down our own beaten paths. As for the sound of the song, Natalie Carr delivers what I like to call bubblegum club pop. There’s a sugary component to the overall makeup but also an added layer of cool that helps elevate it. While the verses are stellar, it’s the hook of “‘we’ll always be broke and we’ll always be late, I’m a piece of shit without a 401k” that I can see being the viral TikTok moment that leads people to her Spotify page.
It’s been a few years since Natalie Carr dropped her debut single, “Bad Side.” With that we got this soulful pop track and from that point on we’ve been able to hear the growth and diversity in what this North Carolina-pop artist is capable of. This year has brought about three singles from Natalie Carr including “All My Plants Are Dead” and “Blood Bind” featuring Riley. To hear all of the above and more, make sure to check Natalie Carr out on all major music and streaming sites today.
Written by Kendra Beltran