Friday, February 6, 2009
The Brilliant Corners, "Why Do You Have to Go Out with Him When You Could Go Out with Me?"
Toward the ineluctable mope. Davey Woodward's laments are as grim as Morrissey's, but (see title) more plain-spoken; arrested by the "punchy" trumpet break at 1:05, they almost pass for optimism. Amelia Fletcher backs up the chorus, cherubic as ever (and an odd foil in the song's shameful, shameful video). She haunts the outro, too — "I know I should have told you" — while Woodward moans and ties a noose. Decadent jangle pop pushed to the very edge.
"Why Do You Have to Go Out with Him When You Could Go Out with Me?"