Monday, September 14, 2009

Reviews: Torch Song and Beautiful Thieves (Spoilers)

Recently I received a sampler of Crash Love containing Torch Song, Beautiful Thieves, End Transmission, and Darling, I Want To Destroy You. See this post for more information. If you do not want to read reviews of the songs until you hear them yourself, do not read this post.

Torch Song

Music: Torch Song begins with a few seconds of eerie low-pitch chimes before a hard charging, drum-fueled guitar opening blasts into the song. The trademark “oh!” leads into a long guitar riff before quieting things down for the verse. The vocals fit the timing of the verse better than ever. “The angels came to light your path. I heard you keep the wings pressed under glass.”

The slow and grand chorus soars with a call and response featuring epic backing vocals and Davey sounding like he just walked out of 2003. The bridge begins with a heavy bass line that transitions into gang vocals with some good guitar work from Jade. A pulsing rhythm coupled with smashing drums brings us back to final chorus.

Lyrics: The lyrics, as the song title suggests, seem to be about unrequited love. Davey torturously sings such lines as “I’d tear out my eyes for you, my dear, to see everything” and “Leave me to break. Nothing’s lost.” The lyrics work with the grand picture the song paints. The imagery is there.

Analysis: This is the first track on Crash Love, and its instrument-dominated first minute makes a solid opening for the record. It is a powerful, hard-driving track. It is not meant to be anything like classic intros such as Strength Through Wounding or Miseria Cantare. That said, it will be an interesting way to open concerts on the Crash Love tour.

Beautiful Thieves

Music: This song begins with a high-pitched guitar that turns into a slow, clean melody. The verses have a bit of a metal quality to them, as Deb mentioned in her review. The vocals glide across the music as Davey professes “We’re running toward death. I have met him times before. He adorns us like the rest.”

A churchy epic vocal really makes the chorus, as in The Days of the Phoenix. In the middle of the chorus, a “dum-dum, dum-dum” from the guitar is irresistibly catchy. The bridge begins quietly with a bit of shimmer in the guitar. As Davey sings “Who would run for cover? Who would run from us?” the heavy guitar kicks in. The final chorus is complete with crashing cymbals and more choir backing vocals.

Lyrics: “If we run this light, take a little life. We can burn it and leave, for we are the beautiful thieves no one suspects at all.” -Chorus

Analysis: The second track on Crash Love contains arguably the catchiest chorus of the songs we’ve heard so far. It soars sky-high with its choir vocals, and the song is a shinier relative to The Days of the Phoenix. Like Torch Song, it could have been pulled from Sing the Sorrow. It is full of emotion.


* Lyrics are copyright of Davey Havok as interpreted by myself.
* I am not a professional reviewer. I have done my best to communicate the sound and feel of these songs.
* The reviews for End Transmission and Darling, I Want To Destroy You will be posted tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
* If you have any further questions about these songs, don’t hesitate to comment.

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