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June 06, 2005

The Dresden Dolls – A Is For Accident – 02 – Coin–Operated Boy

Notes just fly off Amanda Palmer's fingers like rushing rapids. Every Dresden Dolls song is just so unique both in melody and context.

This album is perfect evidence of just how great a team this two-person band is with just piano and drums. The way they play together is just so complimentary that you can hardly believe A Is For Accident (Important Records, 2003) is made up of their live performances from 2001 to 2003. A studio version of Coin-Operated Boy is put in their self-titled album, The Dresden Dolls (8ft Records, 2004).


The Used – The Used – 13 – Choke Me

It's straight to the point, loud and insane – certainly a signature piece by The Used. But Choke Me is one of those songs that you simply have to hear live in order to do it justice. Nevertheless, it most definitely made The Used (2002, Reprise Records) end with a bang…

And then you can start over again!


MCR – I Brought You My Bullets, You Bring Me Your Love – 06 – Headfirst For Halos

The beauty of Headfirst For Halos lies in its simplicity. The song isn't that hard to read into. Basically, it's an anti-suicide anthem.

Gerard is suggesting that when you're down on yourself and on the brink of suicide, you should think about the good things in your life and not just the bad. For their debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (2002, Eyeball Records), MCR said they wanted to play songs that make people happy, hence the upbeat tempo and the 'think happy thoughts' verse.


Taking Back Sunday – The Ballad of Sal Villanueva

The music spoke to me more than the lyrics did, mainly because I had been waiting for a song with badass bass explosion which Matt Rubano flawlessly executed right around 2 minutes and 37 seconds into the song.

Nevertheless, this song is without a doubt amazing because it is so scythingly sarcastic. It isn't whiny like so many ballads are, but full of bitter irony and anger. If anything, the one thing to thank TBS for is free psychiatry.


L'arc–en–Ciel – HEART – 05 – Niji

Niji (虹) means "rainbow", which is also the name of the band. I never thought it possible, but this is a song that is sung with Regret, and not just some organ in Hyde's throat. The voice in Niji is just so consumed with pain and distress, it's like as if some sort of unimaginable disaster had struck to which no one has the power to remedy. There is so much I want to say about this song but so little that would do it any justice. Niji is a significant song to the band and is simply a song that must be heard.

HEART (1998, Sony Music Japan) is a far more emotional album than it's predecessors. It marked the rebirth of Laruku, rising up in the aftermath of the heroine incident of 1997.


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