Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This is how I feel

210. Natalie Imbruglia - "Torn" (RCA, 1997)

I wish I was better at picking out what makes these kinds of pop songs work musically. In general that's much more important to me than lyrics, so while I might write about lyrics in depth more often than music, it's largely because I have a B.A. in English, and was trained to write about words. This song, I mean, the lyrics are fine, they get the job done, especially the great "and that's what's going o-on!", but the real trick for me is whatever the chord change that goes from the verse to the pre-chorus is, whatever it is that happens on the first syllable of "nothing" in "there's nothing where he used to lie." That chord change right there is emotions, folks.

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