I’m going to stray into the world of alternative rock again, with another song from Jimmy Eat World.
I’ve previously featured “Hear You Me” from their album Bleed American. Today’s selection is from their subsequent 2004 album, Futures.
Futures is a darker album than Bleed American, and that really shows through in today’s song, “Pain”, which is probably one of Jimmy Eat World’s angstiest works to date. Naturally, it is precisely this intensity that makes me like the song so much.
Lyrics and discussion can be found here.
I’m also going to give mention to a very memorable acoustic cover of this song that I came across on YouTube:
I find this cover very unique because, it addition to the cover artists obviously being quite talented, their interpretation of the song gives rise to a cover that has a very different sound and atmosphere from the original song, and yet is still very compelling. Kudos to them!
I introduced Epica into this series a few months ago, when I featured their song “Façade of Reality”.
I remarked at the time the similarity in sound between that song, and some of After Forever‘s preceding works, unsurprising due to both being the creation of composer Mark Jansen.
Despite an early similarity to After Forever, Epica has over time developed a distinctive sound of their own, which is at times more upbeat and adventurous. Today’s selection – “The Last Crusade” from Epica’s second full-length album, Consign to Oblivion – is a good demonstration of this. Still touching on religious themes, it’s a more fast-paced and cinematic song than “Façade of Reality”.
This song is also another example of Mark Jansen’s fondness for telling stories that span several songs; much as “Leaden Legacy” and “Façade of Reality” were part of a collection of songs spanning different albums (and, in this case, bands!) called “The Embrace That Smothers”, so “The Last Crusade” is the first part of a new collection of Epica songs, again spanning multiple albums, called “A New Age Dawns”.
It’s also worth checking out a live version of this song, performed by Epica in Miskolc, Hungary for their live album, The Classical Conspiracy. I really enjoy the descant that lead singer Simone Simons throws into the works at the end of the song.
Don’t be afraid, participate and
Just give us all your trust
Your soul will be saved
Just follow me, I’ll set you free so
Get ready to join the
Very last crusade
Full lyrics can be found here.
I’ve featured two songs by Delain in this series so far; time for a third!
This one is from their debut album Lucidity again, called “Silhouette of a Dancer”.
I really like this song for its mix of symphonic and progressive elements; the second half of the piece, where it progresses through several different styles/atomspheres, is particularly nice.
Waiting for a change
I can’t fight these chains everyday
I bleed to avoid the pain
Everyday I fade a little more
Full lyrics can be found here.
Delain also released a shorter, acoustic version of the song, on their single See Me In Shadow; it’s also quite beautiful: