You’re vulnerable but still scrappy, philosophical but direct with your words.
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.
Valentine is my favorite song on this album with Anything We Want coming in at a close second and Hot Knife in a league of its own. And, of course, there’s Every Single Night, which is cursed by being the first single. Yes, it’s amazing, but it’s I’ve listened to it for so long that I need some time apart from it before I can acknowledge its genius.
These songs are beautiful and brilliantly written like Bacharach, performed from the gut like Janis Joplin and peppered with words and witticisms that most people can’t define.
You opt for real instruments over ever-familiar studio sounds for this album, adding a performance aspect to the recordings that infuses it with the true spirit of music.
The iTunes version of the album comes with live footage of your SXSW performance of Anything We Want. You play the cow bell thing (don’t know what the instrument is called) while you sing and your face is priceless. It looks like you lost a bet and were forced soldier through the cow bell noise-making for the sake of the performance. Honestly, I’m just happy that I got to visualize the noise in the song – kind of amazing.
You know what else is amazing? Your ability and desire to express sentiments that people are very happy to ignore in their daily lives.
I don’t wanna talk about, I don’t wanna talk about anything.
And yet you do.
You’re an interesting mix of childhood innocence and the wisdom of old age. You have the sensitivity of a child and the insight of an octogenarian, which makes you a baby genius in my book.
When I was in high school I would listen to Tidal and When the Pawn and think that you were falling apart. Now that I’m somewhat grown up, I realize that you weren’t falling apart, but tearing things apart. You tear through the bullshit to get to the truth in the only way you know how – in a song.
Music is your truth. That’s what makes you a musician and me a fan.