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08 October 2009 @ 03:08 pm
Song of the Week: #64: A Fine Frenzy "Almost Lover" (live) / "Blow Away"  
Well, I had the SotW all set, but in grabbing the link for “Almost Lover” I was spellbound by this performance of my favorite song from A Fine Frenzy – and I’m switching, so while this isn’t what I’ve been spinning all week, I can’t not switch. Check out both…you’ll enjoy both. So scroll below to find my original pick after you check out this amazing performance of “Almost Lover.”

“Almost Lover” – live (the mix is sketchy as her vocal should be a touch higher)



Absolutely stunning and heartbreaking.


Almost Lover
Your fingertips across my skin,
the palm trees swaying in the wind,
images
you sang me spanish lullabies,
the sweetest sadness in your eyes
clever trick,
images

well, I'd never want to see you unhappy
I thought you'd want the same for me

goodbye my almost lover
goodbye my hopeless dream
I'm trying not to think about you
can't you just let me be
so long my luckless romance
my back is turned on you
should have known you'd bring me heartache
almost lovers always do

we walked along a crowded street,
you took my hand and danced with me,
images
and when you left you kissed my lips,
you said you'd never, never forget these images

well, I'd never want to see you unhappy
I thought you'd want the same for me

goodbye my almost lover
goodbye my hopeless dream
I'm trying not to think about you
can't you just let me be
so long my luckless romance
my back is turned on you
should have known you'd bring me heartache
almost lovers always do

I cannot go to the ocean
cannot drive the streets at night
cannot wake up in the morning
without you on my mind
so you're gone and I'm haunted
I'll bet you are just fine
did I make it that easy to walk
right in and out of my life?

goodbye my almost lover
goodbye my hopeless dream
I'm trying not to think about you
can't you just let me be
so long my luckless romance
my back is turned on you
should have known you'd bring me heartache
almost lovers always do



This was going to be the SotW:

“Blow Away” (live)


Alison Sudol is A Fine Frenzy, a brilliant singer/songwriter who you might remember had a track from the debut A Fine Frenzy album that was all over TV a couple years back called “Almost Lover” (an absolutely stunning song). I’ve been anticipating her new album since I heard a radio show she did on a promo tour earlier this year from KMMT I think, or Radio Alice. A few weeks ago, Bomb in a Birdcage, was released and it’s a diverse and wonderful album, her voice is unique and beautiful. She is able to vocally shift on a dime is always warm and inviting, yearning and melodically gorgeous. The new record is more upbeat than the debut and explores new instrumentation and styles – I can’t recommend it enough.

Blow Away
One of us is gonna be here and
One of us is gonna be running off alone into the great unknown
You're not me, you're a model of freedom
All you need are your kicks when you need ‘em
Come and go, caught that slow alright

With one hand off the side
We get farther away in the blink of an eye

And it's the time we waste swallowed into space
It's the time it takes to blow away
To blow away
To blow away

Hey, hey you, yeah you gotta be leaving,
Say what you want, what you say, say anything
No one knows just how deep it goes
We are old in your teenaged tyranny
And all you need is a hunger to feed
I've got my own secrets though, say what?

With a heart full of mess and lore
We are doomed but we wanted more

It's the ride we take
The many winged escape
It's the bough we break to blow away
To blow away
And we blow away

One of us is now retreating
You knocked me down so hard I'm seeing a thousand stars
Come out where you are
‘cause I won't ever be caught crying and I will not be taken lying down
it blows into smoke

the time we waste swallowed into space
It's the time it takes to blow
it's the ride we take
The many winged escape
It's the bough we break to blow away
To blow away
It's the times we say that no one's gonna take your place
It's a mistake to blow away
To blow away


More A Fine Frenzy:
“You Picked Me” (live) – wow
“Electric Twist” – catchy as hell