I’m not feeling particularly verbose this morning, so we’ll get right into the next installment of my 1000 Minutes Project.
While I’ve heard other songs by Tricky, I’ve never been as drawn to them as I was to this particular one. Never elevating his voice to more than a guttural growl, Tricky’s unique sprechgesang is at its most muscular here, complimenting the dark nature of the track. And while the force of the lyrics may not be conveyed by Tricky’s almost wistful delivery, they’ve always been personally insightful on the true nature of a relationship:
“You and me, what does that mean? Always, what does that mean? Forever, what does that mean? It means we’ll manage, I’ll master your language, and in the meantime I’ll create my own.”
Have you ever had a song that described your sentiments exactly – a song that, in your breathless frustration you could simply play for the object of your feeling, and he or she would immediately feel a) sympathy, b) shamed, c) regret, d) an overwhelming desire to sleep with you?
A scathing rebuke of Christians who are more concerned with appearances than actual piety, this song was immediately my favorite off of an album that is easily one of my favorites. And while making other people listen to it has never elicited any of the above, it was nice to have my personal feelings validated as important enough to have a song written about them.