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The jaded cynicism Harry brings to the subject of men has made the song into a hipster I Will Survive.
GM Listen on Spotify Despite never being released as a single in Britain, this Debbie Harry/Nigel Harrison power-pop anthem was as ubiquitously popular as any of their chart hits.
It’s almost worth being broken up with to fully appreciate the belligerent heartbreak of this record.
WD Listen on Spotify This is the most extraordinary, gut-wrenching twist of a song, its mood only enhanced by the discord of Will Oldham’s voice and Sweeney’s guitar.
This mesmerising loop of swelling melody and harmonies beats anything on Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks for harsh truths about broken marriage, especially when Agnetha Fältskog wails in punch-drunk resignation: “The judges will decide/ The likes of me abide.” Björn Ulvaeus resolutely denied that it was about Agnetha’s and his 1979 divorce.
GM Listen on Spotify Adams’s insistence on singing about his seemingly endless playground crushes can get more than a little wearing, but this – like most of the Heartbreaker album – sounds suspiciously like the real deal.
“I just want to die without you,” sobs the boy with “bubblegum on his shoes”, and he does indeed sound utterly bereft.
as a feelgood karaoke movie obscures the acute insights Abba brought to the art of the break-up song.
SOH Listen on Spotify Post-Mariah, this song has been routinely mangled into submission, but the original is rendered almost unlistenable for different reasons, lent unbearable poignancy by the fact that both its royally ripped-off writers committed suicide.
Pete Ham wrote the verse, offering a tender white soul vocal; the main difference, however, comes with the clipped harmonies of the choruses, written by Tom Evans, echo the primal screams of John Lennon much more than Paul Mc Cartney, with whom the band are most often compared.
He Wasn’t Man Enough tells the story of yet another no-good man whose wife mistakenly believes Braxton is trying to hit on him.
In fact, not only has she “already had your man”, she’s dumped him owing to the complaint described in the song’s title.