TWO WEEKS

Artist: Grizzly Bear

Genre: Rock

Notable lyrics: 

Save up all the days
A routine malaise
Just like yesterday
I told you I would stay

Would you always?
Maybe sometimes?
Make it easy?
Take your time

Think of all the ways
Momentary phase
Just like yesterday
I told you I would stay

Every time you try
Quarter half a mile
Just like yesterday
I told you I would stay

Would you always?
Maybe sometimes?
Make it easy?
Take your time.

Happy seeming sad songs are a popular trend now, I see.

Grizzly Bear is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002. The band consists of Edward Droste, Daniel Rossen, Chris Taylor, and Christopher Bear. Grizzly Bear, along the likes of Beach House, Vampire Weekend, and so on, is also an acclaimed alternative band.

‘Two weeks’ was released in 2009, in the album ‘Veckatimest’, named after a small island in Dukes County, Massachusetts. The album was further nominated for the ‘Danish Music Award for International Album of the Year’. The song, even after failing to climb the mainstream charts, was featured in various ads and T.V. shows, and has been sampled by popular artists like Childish Gambino and G-Eazy.

‘Dreamy and eccentric’ is what describes the song best. The vocals are unnaturally airy, and the music surreal. The electric piano, electric guitar and drums, with a soft and gradual jingle during the chorus, gives the song a very transcendental, yet edgy ethos. Written about the gradual rupture of a relationship, the song masks the pain hidden in the lyrics with the beautiful, wholesome music. Lead singer Ed Droste writes:

“Take your time” is not sarcastic — it’s serious. Slow down, take your time. It is about reassuring someone who you are with, telling them that you are going to be there even though you are both bored of it. Would you just sometimes take your time, would you make it easy, can you just not stress?

Although the music video appears to be a bit unsettling, what with the overly googly eyes, and the firecrackers bursting out of their heads in a church (is that what it feels like to be in a terrible relationship?), the savvy composition of the song makes up for it. With Background vocals from Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, the song takes you into another dimension, the one you never knew existed, but once had a dream about (oddly specific, I know). What’s wonderful is how good of a travelling song this is. ‘Two Weeks’ also apparently is Grizzly Bears’ most popular and widely listened-to song, and it rightfully deserves that acknowledgement.

Ich würde wenn ich wüßte, daß ich könnte

Artist:  4 PS

Genre: Foreign (German) Pop

Lyrics: 

Ich würde, wenn ich wüsste, dass ich könnte
Bei dir ein Leben lang verweilen
Ich würde, wenn ich wüsste, dass ich könnte
Mich mit der Liebe nicht beeilen
Ich würde, wenn ich wüsste, dass ich könnte
Dir unsern Stern herunter hol’n
Ich würde, wenn ich wüsste, dass ich könnte
Dir aus dem Keller hol’n die Kohl’n
Ich würde, wenn ich wüsste, dass ich könnte
Dir keine Märchen erzählen
Ich würde, wenn ich wüsste, dass ich könnte
Beim Nachbarn dir Rapunzel stehlen
Ich würde, wenn ich wüsste, dass ich könnte
Fast alles machen für dich
Ich würde, wenn ich wüsste, dass ich könnte…
Und das ist allerhand viel für mich

Translation: 

I would, if I knew that I could
Stay with you for a lifetime
I would, if I knew that I could
Do not hurry me with your love
I would, if I knew that I could
Get our stars down
I would, if I knew that I could
From the basement you get the Kohl’n
I would, if I knew that I could
Would not tell you fairy tales
I would, if I knew that I could
As the neighbor, you stole Rapunzel
I would, if I knew that I could
Almost everything works for you
I would, if I knew that I could …
And that’s a lot for me

The lyrics are a rough translation of what I found, and they don’t really make that much sense, but something’s better than nothing, I guess.

4 PS is a German Band formed in 1977. While the whereabouts of the band are unknown, at least to me, they apparently are/were a German pop band. The song was part of the band’s 2005 album containing all their previous (probably unreleased) hits, but the original date of release is unspecified.

‘Ich würde wenn ich wüßte, daß ich könnte’ (I would, if I knew that I could), remains to be ‘that song you heard in some German 70’s themed party’ or the song you’ve heard playing in the Academy Award winning film ‘Lives of Others’, in the sequence of Georg’s birthday party, but couldn’t find. The song is very easy on the ears, especially with the choir going ‘tuleli tata tu’ in most places. That’s the most entertaining part, in my opinion. I honestly wait for that particular piece of intelligible humming while listening to the song. The classic late 70’s music maintains is quite prominent, maintaining its steady nature, along with the smart drums, and some light electronic music. The song seems to be a cipher of sorts, or the meaning was just lost in its translation.

While the song hasn’t held any place on any music charts, it relies on words-of-mouth to increase its popularity; it’s my duty to make sure good songs receive some acknowledgement, in the least. This wholesome song will surely hop onto your ’70’s music’ playlist.

D-D-DANCE

Artist: The Royal Concept

Genre: Indie pop

Notable Lyrics:

In a room with both of your rivals
You would always turn it around
Once you go, once you get started
Always had that look in your eyes
You would always reach without trying
I didn’t spend this time to fall out
Watch me take my chances on the weekends
You could always read me by heart

Always on the go, keep your head up now
Na na not quite that high
D-d-dance dance dance till you get it right
Always on the go, keep your head up now

Wrong decisions are inevitable. Every one often takes wrong decisions, only to realize how foolish they’ve been. ‘D-D-Dance’ is a happy-go-lucky song speaking about the same. The singer pleads to his girlfriend to not doubt their awry relationship, even after how skeptical she’s always been about dating someone his kind. In reality, you never almost date people your type, so she has no idea what the hell she’s on about.

The Royal Concept is a Swedish Indie Rock band formed in Stockholm in 2010. It currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist David Larson, guitarist Filip Bekic, bassist Magnus Robert, and drummer Povel Olsson. They all look like a sophisticated bunch of Rock stars, with the characteristic long hair and the hipster appeal. Their songs mostly range from punk-rock to Indie-rock. The band also has its distinct sound which is easily identifiable, especially with the, um, very quirky voice behind all the songs. If I’m being just, it actually only accentuates the entire scheme of indie music. You can’t possibly go wrong while making independent music, since the point is ambiguity and experimentation.

The smart drum beats, the pitch-y electric guitars, and the excellent use of the cymbals, the most underrated parts of a jazz drum set, makes the music very hard to comprehend, which means you’re doing well. You don’t want your music to be an open book with no substance; the heavier and more complex the music, the more  professional you seem to be. The lyrics contradict the mood of the song, which is a trick people often use to produce super hits. Beside the usual drama. the song has a very unique configuration, with the snazzy drum bit playing a very important to miss. Without the use of Electronic music, the song replicates an original EDM song, which is saying something. It’s really hard to get over this song in less than a few weeks. Play it early in the morning for a more melodramatic effort. If there’s a playlist named ‘songs for a foggy day’, this one’s perfect for it.

THIS TOWN

 

Artist: Niall Horan

Genre: Folk

Lyrics: 

Waking up to kiss you and nobody’s there
The smell of your perfume still stuck in the air
It’s hard
Yesterday I thought I saw your shadow running round
It’s funny how things never change in this old town
So far from the stars
And I want to tell you everything
The words I never got to say the first time around
And I remember everything
From when we were the children playing in this fairground
Wish I was there with you now
If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you
I saw that you moved on with someone new
In the pub that we met he’s got his arms around you
It’s so hard
So hard
And I want to tell you everything
The words I never got to say the first time around
And I remember everything
From when we were the children playing in this fairground
Wish I was there with you now
As if the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you
You still make me nervous when you walk in the room
Them butterflies they come alive when I’m next to you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you
And I know that it’s wrong
That I can’t move on
But there’s something about you
If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you
You still make me nervous when you walk in the room
Them butterflies they come alive when I’m next to you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you.

Folks, this bloke right here did the industry some justice, after stepping out of an exasperating boy-band. Most people would’ve just lived off the few interviews and T.V. cameos they were offered.

Niall Horan is an Irish musician, who was also part of the infamous boy-band ‘One Direction’. The band spilt up in 2016, and all the members went their own way, choosing the genre they admired the most. Niall, 24, has produced his own studio album with folk, country, and pop songs, which has given him quite some recognition, and a steady fan-base.

‘This Town’ talks about childhood sweethearts who drifted away in the course of looking for a life outside the regular town the singer was born in. The beautiful and simple lyrics elaborate the situation where you go looking after a long-lost love, only to be heartbroken after seeing them being taken. It’s deviant from the conventional ‘eyes meet after long, hearts reconnect’, and is rather realistic. After all, nobody really waits for their “true love” to return. According to Horan, it’s about nobody in particular, but his home-town that he’s singing about. That…kinda makes sense too, I guess? The music video has been so intricately designed, with sketches of the entire story on a paper. It’s very rare that singers reach out to cartoonists to help them make them a music video. This idea could be more explored, since it could rightfully expose the artist behind, and be a savvy choice for a good music video.

The song is such a melody, it’s almost too nice to be true. The only instruments being used are 2 acoustic guitars, and a piano for the chorus, giving it a very minimalistic appeal. The thing about minimalism is that it always comes at a price, and if not presented properly, might be dismissed as modern trash. ‘This Town’ has rightly conquered the art of minimalism, and has blossomed into something wonderful.        Most songs require at least a string quartet or 20 electric guitars to complete it, while this song, with a bare minimum instruments, has managed to achieve substance. The voice is also very compatible with the song, making it so mellow and soothing, and colored with nostalgia. For a first solo song, Niall has gone out on a limb, and produced a sincere and an excellent song, compared to which the rest of the songs on his album is just a walk in the park.

 

 

NOW & LATER

Artist: Sage the Gemini

Genre: Hip/hop

Notable lyrics: 

I think I’mma lose it
If I ever had your number, I think I would use it

You’re beautiful like spring time
Let me know you in the meantime
Hopefully, if things seem right
I’mma be needing your ring size

I know this song’s quite popular, but honestly, it’s gotta be one of 2016’s best mainstream songs. I listened to it at least 3 times before writing this article – not to analyse it, but because I love it.

‘Dominic Wynn Woods, better known by his stage name Sage the Gemini, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Fairfield, California’. In all honesty, this dude looks like a Greek god. Maybe that’s part reason why this song’s so popular. Just kidding.

‘Now or Later’ has some tacky lyrics, weird, irrelevant allusions (like any modern rap song), and the casual use of electronic music, which makes it sound like a Jason Derulo song. If you’ve referred to my article about my distaste for pop music, you’ll be surprised, since this song fits the criteria in every way possible; it even has the generic music video, with a lot of half-naked girls, twerking, and half-arsed flirting. Despite my general hatred for such songs, why am I dedicating an entire post in favor of one? Because it’s catchy, groovy, funky, has those futuristic beats and is really, really well-made. You listen to this song on Snapchat or on the radio, and you’re all ears. It honestly manages to stand out from the rest of the mainstream songs produced in 2016. To be entirely truthful, the lyrics aren’t that off-putting either; it fits the mood of a modern lover, with their internet slang and references to some ostentatious soap opera. All it does is appeal to a lot of people from almost all age-groups, because for once, good music has been produced. There are a few lines which are also genuinely pleasant to listen to, and even sing to somebody. If I was at all serenaded by this song, I’d be so overwhelmed. If it was any other popular song, I’d probably give you a weird frown, if you know what I’m saying.

Music produced this way (in the future), won’t earn many complaints from music snobs (such as I). Since everything has a limit, so should excessively generic songs.

 

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

Artist: Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald

Genre: Jazz

Notable lyrics: 

My funny valentine
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable
Unphotographable
Yet your my favorite work of art
Is your Figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little week?
When you open it to speak
Are you smart?
But don’t change your hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine stay
Each day is Valentines day
Is your figure less than Greek
Is your mouth a little weak
When you open it to Speak
Are you smart
But don’t change your hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine stay
Each day is valentines day

I’m a little too late for Valentine’s day, but such timeless classics defy all dimensions of time.

This beautiful, BEAUTIFUL tune, was originally composed in 1937 for a musical ‘Babes in Arms’, by Richard Rogers, a man with innumerable compositions, and Lorenz Hart, a prominent Broadway musician.  The song first caught the eyes, or ears in this case, of the Jazz legend Chet Baker, who decided not only to use his weapon, the trumpet, but also to sing for a change. Baker’s version will leave you mesmerized. Other Jazz legends like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald followed. What attracted a lot of attention was the unlikely lyrics. While most songs were in praise of a perfect, polished lover, this one is rather intimate; it’s not about having a beautiful lover, but finding the beauty within your lover. Indeed very captivating, especially in the era where women were told how they could be beautiful.

The lyrics of the song talks about a very old, but gilded love, where you’ve grown completely comfortable around each other; you make fun of each other, but you wouldn’t want to change a hair on them. A very unique song of its make, this seductive tune has not a very distinct Jazz ethos, but strong vocals (at least in Sinatra’s version of it), making it a ballroom favorite. For the first time, Jazz music wasn’t all about the string quartet, and this started a very subtle revolution.

Here’s Chet Baker’s and Ella Fitzgerald’s version of the same:

MAAHI VE

Artist: A.R. Rahman

Genre: Bollywood

Lyrics:

Dhoop Paani, Pe Baras Jaaye
Ye Saaye, Banaye, Mitaye
Main, Kahun, Aur Tu, Aa Jaaye
Behlaaye, Har Doori, Sharmaaye
Tu Saath Hai, Ho Din Raat Hai
Parchaaiyaan, Batlaaye
Tu Saath Hai, Ho Din Raat Hai
Saaya Saaya, Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Meri Har Baat Mein Saath Tu Hai
Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Mere Saare Haalat Tu, Maahi Ve
Maahi Ve Ae Ae Ae Ae
Haaye Sataye, Manaye, Sataye
Tu Rulaye, Hansaye, Bhi Tu Hi Humsaaye
Har Doori Sharmaaye
Tu Saath Hai, Ho Din Raat Hai
Parchaaiyaan, Batlaaye
Tu Saath Hai, Ho Din Raat Hai
Saaya Saaya, Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Mere Sab Raaz Kal Aaj Tu Hai
Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Meri Har Udanein Ek Tu
Maahi Ve O Maahi Ve O
Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Ye Jeena Bhi, Na Jeena Bhi
Hai Dono Ka Tumse Hi Vaasta
Ho… Main Hi Toh Hoon, Tera Pata
Hai Doosra Na Koi Raasta
Aaye Mujh Tak Wo Tumko Jo Ho Dhoondta
Meri Khamoshiyon Mein Hai Tu Bolta
Ye Jeena Bhi, Na Jeena Bhi
Jo Bhi Huya Hai Woh Tumse Huya
Maahi Ve Maahi Ve

Translation:

The sun’s beams fall on water
Creating and breaking illusions
I call and you come to please me

Distances shy away
When you’re with me, days seem like nights
Shadows say
When you’re there, days seem like nights
Shadows, oh love
You’re with me through everything
Oh love
You’re my every condition
Oh love
Oh love
You tease me to cajole me

You make me cry, only to make me smile again
My companion, distances shy away

When you’re with me, days seem like nights
Shadows say
When you’re with me, days seem like nights
Shadows, oh love
You’re every secret nowadays
Lover
You’re my flight
Oh love
Oh love
This existence, or the absence of it
You’re connected to both
I’m your only map
There is no other path
Whoever looks for you, shall have to come to me
You speak in my silence
This existence, or the lack of it
Whatever happened, it’s because of you
oh my Love….

If you’re a fan of Bollywood, or you just want to get through your time riding on a highway, you’re in for discovering a great song.

This beautiful song, composed for the movie ‘Highway’, which about a girl being kidnapped by truck drivers migrating across the country, but ends up going on a journery of self discovery and introspection (it’s a great watch). It was composed by A.R. Rahman, a rather gifted Indian musician. A.R. Rahman happens to be India’s most celebrated music composer. While it’s hard for me to be unbiased here, that man factually is a bloody legend, I’ll have you know. He’s made name in Hollywood as the music composer of the infamous Dev Patel movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Yes, ‘Jai Ho’ was one of his compositions. Mr. Rahman has never failed to disappoint us with his music. The man has mastered the skillful art of making creatively unconventional music. No two works of his resemble each other; they’re all very innovative with a handful mixture of a little bit of everything; he always uses proper musical instruments – from the flute to the sitar, and from the piano to the guitar, in all his songs. He’s also a poet, so meticulously crafting every song of his. There’s not one aspect of any song of his that will ever disappoint you.

Not only is he a great composer, but also a wonderful singer. Mr. Rahman sings this song rather soulfully, with his airy yet substantial vocals. The song is best suited for those dreadful long drives where you can’t simply keep your eyes open because It dissolves you in its wonderful composition. The song, even while belonging to the genre of Bollywood, is not nearly as boisterous as the conventional ones. As a matter of fact, this isn’t a very well-recognised song, owing to the movie being an indie film. The ear-soothing tune is a general risk in the making, since Bollywood music is known for its choreographed dances, excessively loud drum beats, flashy costumes, and all that jazz, but has succeeded to impress a healthy number of people. After all, A.R. Rahman can never go wrong.

TANGO

Artist: Itzhak Perlman

Genre: Classical

I know I’ve been very irregular. I now resolve to update the blog periodically.

Now, I’d like to begin by saying I have absolutely no knowledge of classical music, but this song drew me in like a moth to a flame (yes, yes I did). The music is just so graceful and attention-grabbing that it speaks for itself, despite the obvious lack of lyrics.

‘Izhak Perlman is an American-Israeli violinist, conductor and music teacher. Perlman first became interested in the violin after hearing a classical music performance on the radio. At the age of three, he was denied admission to the Shulamit Conservatory for being too small to hold a violin. He instead taught himself how to play the instrument using a toy fiddle until he was old enough to study, and at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, he gave his first recital at age 10. He moved to the United States to study at the Juilliard School with the violin pedagogue Ivan Galamian and his assistant Dorothy DeLay. Perlman contracted polio at age four and has walked using leg braces and crutches since then. As of 2018, he uses crutches or an electric Amigo scooter for mobility and plays the violin while seated.’                                                                                                   In all fairness, he is the Stephen Hawking of Classical music. Itzhak Perlman is also considered to be on the best violinists in the world. While I myself haven’t heard a lot of violinists, I can blindly agree with that statement.

I first heard this song in the Al Pacino movie ‘the scent of a woman’, when Al tango’s with the beautiful lady in black. Even if I didn’t enjoy the movie as a whole, this particular song was so mesmerizing that I had to find out about it. ‘A beautiful song for a perfect tango’ is what this should be called. The violin is so charismatic here, completely involving you for a good 7 minutes and more. That’s what a perfectly good song is capable of doing. As the song progresses into the main part, everything is more energetic and exciting, glamorous, and pristine.

The song was released in 1979. Perlman is also best known for composing the music for the highly renowned movie, ‘The Schindler’s list’, and several other movies thereafter. At 73, he still continues to make great music with the same zeal. He has fought against all odds to become what he is, and hence is a real inspiration to the most of us. Hopefully, he’ll earn his righteous place among the gods of music, like Beethoven and Debussy.

CHAMELEON LOVER

 

Artist: KOATES

Genre: indie

Notable lyrics: 

you’re gray in rain, and green in sun

chameleon lover, what have you done?

don’t change for me, I wanna see

the colors you were made to be

I’ll hold you close, won’t let you go

and tell you everything I know

I’ll sing to you, and somewhere I didn’t know..

I can explain the irregularity in my posting: I had my internals, and the laptop wasn’t working. I was too stupid to find out that the problem was the lack of charge..

KOATES aren’t a popular band to begin with, not in the indie part of the YouTube, or on SoundCloud, but they’ve gotta be one of the best start-up bands in existence. I came across them on Instagram, listened to their 2 singles uploaded on YouTube, and wrote them a message exclaiming how marvelous their music was. Guess what? they wrote back thanking me! Now, they’ve signed a Spotify deal, but these two songs will remain as their best work.

KOATES are supposedly a band of friends from England. There’s so few things I know about this band, and it’s all from their Instagram; sometimes, I think social media’s a blessing. I know a good band when I listen to one, and I see so much potential here. The music is well-made, the lyrics are simple and sweet, and the vocals are quaint. They make wonderful music with only one or two instruments of usually the same kind.

‘Change is inevitable, but also acceptable’. ‘Chameleon lover’ is a beautiful and heart-felt, handwritten tune about asking your lover to not change for you because they’re ever-so perfect. the lyricist talks about exploring the various shades of their personality, while falling completely in love with them. He wants to tell them everything he knows, because he can and wants to. Everything about this song is so charming – the simple guitar, the beautiful vocals, the endearing lyrics, and whatnot! If a live performance sounds so delightful, you can only imagine the quality of an original studio recording. I’ve got nothing more to say, for the song speaks for itself. All I can hope for is they climb the stairway to success in a short-time, because they deserve it.

RIGHT AS RAIN

 

Artist: Adele

Genre: Soul/ R&B

Notable lyrics: 

Who wants to be right as rain
It’s better when something is wrong
You get excitement in your bones
And everything you do’s a game
When night comes and you’re on your own
You can say I chose to be alone
Who wants to be right as rain
It’s harder when you’re on top
‘Cause when hard work don’t pay off
And I’m tired there ain’t no room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love
Who wants to be riding high
When you’ll just crumble back on down
You give up everything you are
And even then you don’t get far
They make-believe that everything
Is exactly what it seems
But at least when you’re at your worst
You know how to feel things
‘Cause when hard work don’t pay off
And I’m tired there ain’t no room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love
Go ahead and still my heart
To make me cry again
‘Cause it will never hurt
As much as it did then
We were both right
And no one had blame
But now I give up
On this endless game
‘Cause who wants to be right as rain
It’s better when something is wrong
I get excitement in my bones
Even though everything’s a strain
When night comes and I’m on my own
You should know I chose to be alone
Who wants to be right as rain
It’s harder when you’re on top
‘Cause when hard work don’t pay off
And I’m tired there ain’t no room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love
No room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love

To the few consistent readers I have, I’m so apologetic about the delay in updating my blog. The past two days have been a bit stressful, and I hadn’t found the time to dedicate the fair amount of time I must, to write the blog.

The lovely Adele, as we know her, has been a darling singer these few years. My brother introduced to me her, and I knew that this woman had that raw, exquisite talent most singers could only dream of. Adele Adnis was born and brought up in London, in a working-class family. She got her heart-broken when she was 19 and in college, by an older man, and has penned several songs ever since. She’s been ridiculed in the past for her appearance (mainly her body), and her melodramatic songs, but mostly, she’s looked upon as an idol – let me explain why: this woman hasn’t ONCE felt the need to change her appearance, or her style of making music. She continues to wear what she always did, and sings dramatic songs like she always has, while topping the charts constantly. While most popular singers resort to making sexually explicit videos to gain more views, Adele uses her heart, voice, and soul, a wonderful trilogy of congenitally good singers.

This song belongs to her first album ’19’ (probably based on the songs written and composed when she was 19 years old). It revolves around a common theme – an impotent women looking at the bad side of things, since her lover’s gone. While this song may present itself in a fairly pessimistic light, I argue that it’s a realists’ way of looking at things. She’s sad about being estranged, and the pain won’t be going away anytime soon. Things seem like a mess, so she’s given up on happy days, at least transiently. The lyrics are so cleverly written that it plays out like a convincing argument about how something insane is actually right, if you know what I mean. You don’t feel a sudden urge to fight back or prove it wrong, but instead you think.

As I refer to this song as one of her ‘lost classics’, the live version isn’t as wonderful as the studio version. The use of string quartet is VERY savvy, I must admit. It completes the song and gives it a very nightclub-ish feel. Adele’s bassy voice works out too well for the original composition. Among all the Adele super-hits, I’d easily pick this one to talk to her about. After all, It’s often the lost gems that shine the brightest.

At the end of the day, whether you like her or not, Adele has achieved what most popular singers couldn’t: the privilege of being seen as a whole person, and just not an image.