Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t written one of these in ages (not that I haven’t been obsessed by other songs, I just haven’t bothered to highlight them).
I first heard this while perusing a seller’s list of 7″s and was instantly smitten. Let me count the ways:
2) I love the songwriting, how the background chorus of “only when you’re lonely” is a punchline that accents Maxwell’s singing, e.g. “call me on the phone/only when you’re lonely/want me for you own/only when you’re only…” It’s executed so perfectly on here.
3) The way Maxwell curves her notes. This is melisma done right – just the right amount to make the notes a touch more interesting but without slathering it on. Like the way she takes the word “found” and manages to make it sound like it’s three syllables.
Some songs, I wait them out, until the price is right. This one? I snapped it up at premium without a single moment of regret. So. Good.
- Not being self-hating, seriously, that’s how I’ve heard guitarist refer to that sound: chink. ↩