Monthly Archives: July 2012

Suicide – Frankie Teardrop

Continuing the theme from the previous post, this song is essentially a modern death ballad. But whereas The House Carpenter frames love and passion and betrayal within a quasi-mystical tale, Frankie Teardrop’s story is terrifyingly banal, though no less tragic. … Continue reading

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The Watson Family – The House Carpenter

There are many fine versions of this traditional folk ballad. This is the best. Recorded some time between 1960 and 1963, The House Carpenter is one of the highlights on the excellent Watson Family Album which features Doc Watson and … Continue reading

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Archer Prewitt – No Defence

No Defence always reminds me of The Beach Boys’ The Trader – because the second half is what you really want to hear. Here, at 3:15, the song descends into a rather gorgeous coda featuring some lovely lead singing, heartfelt … Continue reading

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Jim O’Rourke – Women of the World

A cover of an Ivor Cutler song, this song lacks the charm and brevity of the original. In this version, O’Rourke is one of those sensitive liberals who goes out of his way to tell you what a feminist he … Continue reading

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Azealia Banks – Jumanji

There’s not much to this song. Just a repeated nursery-rhymey riff with Banks rapping some inspired nonsense over the top. Or at least that’s all it’d be were it not for the fact that the music – the production, the … Continue reading

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Jerry Butler and The Impressions – For Your Precious Love

One of the all-time great love songs. Often categorised as doo-wop, it’s basically early soul, as evident from Jerry Butler’s wonderfully smooth yet anguished vocal (which earned him the enduring nickname ‘The Ice Man’). Written by Butler when he was … Continue reading

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Grimes – Genesis

I’ve been listening to this song over and over for the past few weeks. It’s getting to be an obsession. One of the things I love about Grimes (Claire Boucher) is that her music is genuinely difficult to classify. Her … Continue reading

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