5. "All the times that I've tried to go out to see if you might be
there/ I will never get over you, no, still got a lock of your hair"
-- from "Heartbreaker." Rarely does lovesick imagery get better (worse?) than a
forlorn lover running out with tatters of hope to look for the departed other
half -- or crying over a lock of hair, which cold-cocks the listener here
with old-school regret.
4. "He'll never know about the times
that you cried in the movies/ Never know about the times that you cried
to the music/ About your mother or your father or the way you got your
broken heart" -- from "The Oh So Protective One." The song's
gorgeous trumpet lines convey a cheerful empathy here, but there's no
mistaking the loneliness of the subject of this song, a girl, looking to get with the one she loves, who doesn't know how to
say how much there is to be said.
3. "There's a voice in the back of my head that says you're always gonna be alone/ Go turn the TV on and turn off the telephone" -- from Heartbreaker." Dying solo to "The Price Is Right" is maybe the most depressing thing we can imagine. But on the bright side, we promise this song is still deliriously pretty after 137 listens.
"I know you feel like I do too/ And even though I'm close to you/ I
can't be what you need/ Because you're just as lost as me" -- from
"Broken Dreams Club." In which existential crisis precludes the
possibility of love. And unlike love, there's no making up with the
1. "Who wants something real/ When you could have nothing"
-- from "Substance." The extent to which drug abuse can fuck with one's
emotions is sometimes sadder than the emotions themselves. The gulf of down-sliding reverb guitar right after Owens delivers this line could hold, like, 87 percent of all the despair in the world.