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- Watson 349
- Soap Opera
- Difference Between
- Meaningless Conversation
- You Are Not Me
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Conversation" live at the Mercury, April 13th, 2003, from 54SecondsFan.com
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* Live renditions of Complicated and You Are Not Me,
are available for a limited time only, on the Live Show Recordings.
Buy It: Soon!
My Thoughts: The new sound is
very melodic, intimate, ambient, and seriously creative!!! They
are the type of songs that you can go away singing. Beautiful lyrics,
lots of airy, soothing harmonies, strings, trumpets, and quirky effects
in between every song to gel the album into a moving experience. This is
the best album I have heard in such a long, long time. I loved it
on the first spin!!
Watson 349 is thick with slow dark bass and electric guitar,
trickling streams of piano, and trumpet solos. Very chaotic, but all
slow moving. Both Better? and Complicated are knee
weakening to say the very least! SO beautiful!!!! Soap Opera
is driven by piano, strings, and quiet backward guitars. It's such a beautiful song, and I "think" maybe my
favourite. I don't know. Difference Between is very
beautiful, and emotional. It starts with tuning and goes into a steady,
strong melody, excellent chorus, and bridge!! Nice low sexy harmonies
adding depth. Choppy guitars moving the song along. Elephants is
probably the coolest and quirkiest song on the record. Slow, and
beautiful. It's starts & ends with distant piano chords, then old
record static from one of those old record players from the 20s, mixed
with all other effects. There are 2 beautiful guitar solos. The first
one is plucked heavily. The second one is a static electric. Meaningless
Conversation is very marketable!! Definitely the highlight on the
album. Just so sweet, and you just want to run up and hug Spencer, and
say, forget that bitch. I'll look after you. :o) The backing
vocals are airy, and full of body. Fantastic song!! You Are Not Me,
is the slowest and saddest song on the album, and very surreal. The
vocals are enough to bring anyone to their knees. Very touching. Very
emotional. Very beautiful! (Wireless) has such a catchy chorus,
and I don't know if this is coincidence, but the chorus comes in at
exactly 54 seconds. :o) It's kind of sad really, but the music is very
uplifting. Coma is pure emotion. This song leaves a mark.
The vocals are breathtaking (with guest vocalist Patty
Griffin), and the bridge is wicked! The souring
guitar outro is magnificent!
The album finishes with a child singing "I could be
someone". I really can't say which song is my favourite, as I love every single one of them -- some a tad more than others, but to pick one song out would mean the others didn't affect me as much, and that is just not how it goes. GET THIS ALBUM!!!