Let’s Listen to Melancholy Songs about Shooting People

Some people think it’s cheating to just put up a video at your blog, like that counts. I think it’s cheating to put up a song in which no one gets shot and call that a melancholy song about shooting people.

What can you do?

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4 thoughts on “Let’s Listen to Melancholy Songs about Shooting People

  1. Oh, that song is from back when she listened to Steve Earle and didn’t think weariness was next to godliness. I love that song.

  2. I also love that song. (And I like your description of her current state, Nina. Although I still love her recent stuff, maybe because I am so damn weary myself.)

  3. I figure that, in a sense, she’s a Romantic who thinks she needs to be a Classicist. She works within a set of limits (in this case, limits that she has invented herself). And that would be cool — Mozart made some of the greatest music in the world by working with the rules, there’s nothing wrong with it — except that she has seemed to feel hemmed in by them. There was lots of lovely creative tension for a while in her pushing the limits, seeing how far she could warp them, and that made for great music. But her most recent stuff sounds (to me) like someone who has given up and resigned herself to not breaking out of things, which is silly since she’s the only one putting up barriers, and is also (again, to me) less interesting a listening experience. I just wish she’d pick up an electric guitar or something, ya know?

  4. My favorite part of “Orphan Girl” is a bit of understated, Pixies-surfer-electric-guitar-noise-wash. It happens in the background, really near the end of the song and the contrast between that and the lyrics and the rest of the guitar work really elevates the whole thing for me.

    So I guess I agree, even as much as I loved Harrow and The Harvest. She’s kind of painted herself into a corner.

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