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28 October 2008 @ 05:38 pm
Song of the Week #29: Rob Dickinson (ex-Catherine Wheel) "The End of the World"  
Rob Dickinson: The End of the World

Click the image below for his myspace page and this song should auto-start.


I’ve had this CD in the semi-rotation for 6 months or more and as I’m working to compile my yearly Best of the Year list I’m trying to re-listen to everything that’s in my ‘possible contention’ pile to determine if it will make the cut for the top 20, honorable mention, or will be logged and filed on the shelf. This disc, the solo debut from The Catherine Wheel’s vocalist, Rob Dickinson, I haven’t been able to put on the shelf and push it out of contention even though it never grabbed me and took hold. There were moments that I dug and I knew there were more passages waiting to reveal themselves to me. It’s been in the car this week and today this song really grabbed me – the power of it, the urgency, the lushness, and the drama.

I never realized how great a voice Rob had when he was frontman of the Catherine Wheel, but on this album and this cut in particular it’s a highlight. The build starting at 4:16, while somewhat predictable, is full of passion and power. Horns – he even pulls off putting some horn events on this track and they sound really good, adding spice to the upper register without sounding like Tower of Power and a barrage of horns, these are subtle and oh so nice (they remind me of the fine horn work on Blue Rodeo’s Are You Ready album).


The End of the World

Breathe the air again, It's a beautiful day
I wish this moment would stay
With the Earth some primal paradise
There you go again saying everything ends
Saying you can't depend on anything
Or anyone

If the end of the world was near where would you choose to be?
If there was five more minutes of air would you panic and hide?
Or Run for your life? Or stand here and spend them with me?
If we had five more minutes
Would I, could I,
Make you happy?

And we would live again in the simplest of ways
Living day after day like some primal animals
We would love again under glorious suns
With the freedom that comes with the truth

If the end of the world was near where would you choose to be?
If there was five more minutes of air would you panic and hide?
Or Run for your life? Or stand here and spend them with me?
If we had five more minutes
Would I, could I,
Make you happy?

So it finally came to pass
I saw the end of the world
I saw the madness unfold like
Some primal barrier
And I look back upon
Armageddon
And the moment of truth between you and me

When we had five more minutes of air to breath
And we cried all through it
But you spent them with me
On our last few drags of air we agreed
That I was
And you were
Happy


For more Rob Dickinson – let his myspace player roll and you’ll hear a great version of C.Wheel’s “Black Metallic” done in a stripped down way with some great vocals from Rob, and some other tracks from his new release – check out “My Name is Love” and “Oceans.”