Its about time I made another dent in my 1000 Minutes, I can’t believe I’m not even halfway…
If you’ve forgotten what this is all about and for a recap of the songs I’ve chosen so far, click this LINK.
In terms of choices for this list, this track may seem a little bit cliched, or at least an obvious choice. At times a song I once loved can lose its original meaning if overplayed or overhyped, but not this one. The vulnerability found in the lyrics comes across throughout the songs arrangement and it never fails to give me shivers.
Epic is probably the best description I can give of this song. The mix of soulful and genuinely pained sounding vocals with a simple yet heart string tugging piano line is enough to breakdown the most hard faced of individuals.
Made even more poignant by that scene in teen movie sensation ‘Cruel Intentions’, I along with most other 16 year old girls at the time shed a little tear as Ryan Phillipe became visible at the top of the escalator with this track playing in the background. In the present day, I find the whole thing quite ridiculous, but this song, still beautiful.
Definitely my favourite song from the perfect from start to finish album, ‘Lungs’. Strangely, I don’t think I’ve ever come across anyone else who rates it as highly as I do in terms of the rest of the album. I find this genuinely surprising as I consider ‘Hurricane Drunk’ a real anthem and the peak of the album as a whole.
Some may say that this is the most accessible and likely to be commercial track from ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’, I say this isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes a track reaches the heights of easily accessible because it is simply a masterpiece and this in my opinion, is true of ‘Skinny Love’. An impressively ‘large’ sounding folk song considering its the work of only one man, the layered vocal harmonies are perfect especially when maxed out through your headphones. This one had me at first listen.
to be continued…