Category: Reviews Published on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 23:50
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re running low on money but still want to impress that special someone in your life, a playlist could be the perfect answer. Here are a few suggestions to get you going. Express your love through these songs; these artists will do it better anyway.
1. “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.” – Bright Eyes
Sure, Bright Eyes’ most popular song might be “First Day of My Life,” and yeah, it might be romantic - almost sickeningly so.
But “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will” does romantic better by doing so in an understated way. Bright Eyes is known for acoustic songs full of heartbreak and wrongdoings, but this song forgets about all of that and looks on the brighter side of things - sort of.
Look for “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.” on Bright Eyes’ album “Lifted.”
Most romantic lyric: “You said go to explore those other women / The geography of their bodies / But there is just one map you'll need / You are a boomerang. You'll see / You will return to me.”
2. “Going Away to College” – Blink 182
You may not automatically associate Blink 182 with Valentine’s Day, but throw your assumptions out the window and give “Going Away to College” your best college try.
Frontman Mark Hoppus does his best at crafting a pop-punk love song. Crunchy guitars and a sugary chorus will be better than any box of chocolates you can buy for your sweetheart.
Look for “Going Away to College” on Blink 182’s “Enema of the State.”
Most romantic lyrics: “I haven't been this scared in a long time / And I'm so unprepared, so here's your valentine / Bouquet of clumsy words, a simple melody / This world's an ugly place, but you're so beautiful to me.”
3. “Pints of Guiness Make You Strong” – Against Me!
Against Me! - the perfect band for the most romantic day of the year? Maybe not so much, but “Pints of Guiness Make You Strong” might just inspire you to call up your long-distance lover or secret crush to tell them just how you feel.
With strong, robust vocals telling the tale of a love lost even a Valentine’s Day Grinch will have their heart melted.
Check out the acoustic version of “Pints of Guiness Make You Strong” on Against Me!’s “The Acoustic EP.”
Most romantic lyrics: “If we're never together / If I'm never back again / Well I swear to God that I'll love you forever / Evelyn, I'm not coming home tonight!”
4. “My Doe, Part 1 (acoustic)” – The Matches
Although The Matches are now two years defunct, their music is still worth a listen. Typically known for their brand of quirky, catchy rock music, the band has cranked out some surprisingly dreamy jams.
“My Doe, Part 1 (acoustic)” is not your typical love song, but that’s what makes it so good. Light guitar plucking and wrenching material will make you ache for your other half.
Look for “My Doe, Part 1 (acoustic)” on The Matches’ b-side album “Album 4…”
Most romantic lyrics: “I know / my Doe's a little bit psycho / but she look alright with the lights low / and my Doe wear her head inside out / but my Doe know that I don't mind though.”
5. “Jesse and My Whetstone” – Saves the Day
Saves The Day may be portrayed as jilted emo rockers, but for such a forlorn group of guys “Jesse and My Whetstone” sure is one romantic tune.
Throw on your headphones and dream of “diving in puddles” with the one you love as singer Chris Conley croons.
Look for “Jesse and My Whetstone” and another great Saves the Day Valentine-esque song, “Hold,” on “Ups and Downs.”
Most romantic lyrics: “Oh, can't I touch your cheeks somewhere / under dirt filled rainy nights / with my socks stuck in the mud? / Please come dive in puddles with me.”
Bonus: If you don’t buy into the whole Valentine’s Day commercial drama, listen to Alkaline Trio’s scornful “Radio” to get you just the right kind of angry.”
Most unromantic lyrics: “I wish you would take my radio to bathe with you / plugged in and ready to fall.”