Track 7: Four Simple Words
It’s the amazing song that was on Live at Wembley Arena. It opens brilliantly, builds up even better and explodes into a punk riff in a magnificent way. This song was epic on the DVD and the track version does it absolute justice.
Track 8: Polaroid Picture
A song about nostalgia, I really enjoyed it. I can’t think of much more to describe why I enjoyed it. Nostalgia encompasses it all, enjoy the fact that you had fun when you did. Enjoy it at the time and enjoy it looking back.
Track 9: The Fisherking Blues
Another slow song, I think the deepness of this song is over my head. But I feel it’s about how the artists in the world are all broken and pain inspires art. He mentions fixing yourself and then fixing the Fisher King. I feel like this would make more sense if I knew who the Fisher king was….
Track 10: Anymore
Frank practically talks rather than sings this track. It’s like a poem set to music. I do like slightly different things on albums, for example English Curse in England Keep My Bones. I feel like it helps to break up an album. However, this song is way to sad for me to cope with.
Track 11: Oh Brother
Dedicated to a friend of Frank’s. I think it’s admirable the way Frank always talks about his closest friends as if they’re family to him. I envy people who are able to attach themselves that closely to other people. It’s heartwarming that it’s possible to record a song for a friend and put it on an album that thousands of people will be.
Track 12: Broken Piano
Slightly odd song, there’s a chord being held in the background. While Frank sings the first 2 verses over the top. Then a piano joins in as he talks about playing a broken piano. Another break up song. Eventually the percussion comes in for the final rendition of the chorus. This would be a good way to end the album if you don’t have the deluxe version.
I can see why this has been referred to as a break up album. Most of the songs refer to parting with something, if not always a lover, then a place, a friend or a way of life.
If I didn’t have the deluxe version, I’d have enjoyed the album but the songs on the whole feel very polished and don’t have that rawness that previous albums have. The one exception to this is Four Simple Words.
Next part will be a review of the bonus tracks.