Artist – Motion City Soundtrack
Album – Even If It Kills Me
Year – 2007
Genre – Pop-Punk
I told you guys I might be able to squeeze some stuff in during my “hiatus.” Not much of a hiatus then I guess.
When you’re feeling down, all you really want to do is listen to sad songs. Sometimes, though, you need a little pick me up. Luckily Motion City Soundtrack has you covered with Broken Heart, a sad song that’s upbeat enough to rock out to and belt out in your room while still having incredibly clever and honest lyrics that perfectly capture the essence of heartbreak and comparing yourself to others out there who have found love or who are in love.
The thing about frontman Justin Pierre’s voice, especially in this song, is that it’s not perfect. That being said, it’s all the more believable when you hear him sing, and he may not be perfect, but he’s pretty damn good regardless. Right off the bat, the chugging guitar gets you pumped for the chorus, as the drums play a really cool rhythmic pattern between Pierre’s voice and the guitar.
The chorus fires on all cylinders, with a great wall of guitars, crashing drums, really bright and poppy synths, and Pierre’s emotive singing. The melody is really catchy and awesome to sing along to, especially if you’re really feeling let down or sad. Then you gotta belt that shit out. It’s both uplifting and softly affirming of your feelings at the same time. Tricky thing to do, that is. (Where the hell did Yoda come from?)
There’s some really cool guitar play right after the first chorus leading into the second verse, so keep an ear open for that. Again, great lyricism in this verse as well, but more on that later.
The guitar solo is the really special part of this song. It’s so simple, with long, drawn out notes and quick little licks in between, but the particular sequence of notes as they descend gives me goosebumps. This is a prime example of the emotion to be found in pure music, as the notes in this solo really paint a picture of sadness and longing. It’s a cathartic solo to be sure, and one that has to be heard to be understood.
After a short bass underlaid “mini verse,” the final chorus brings the song to a loud and proud end, with a lyrical twist at the end. See if you can pick up on it.
Now, I love just about every lyric in this song. I can relate to them very, very much, and I’m sure most of you out there who listen to this song can really put the words here to some event or moment in your life, whether that be now or in the past. There’s too many great lines for me to post here, and I really want you guys to hear it for yourselves, but just take a look at this chorus:
But I get carried away with every day
And every fantasy
The deeper the wound,
The harder I swoon and wish that that was me
There’s so much to say
But no words to convey
The loneliness building with each passing day
But I’m getting used to it
You have to get used to it
I have shivers just reading that. I think the beauty of it is the fact that those words capture the true sense of longing, or wishing we were that guy who’s had a girlfriend for years and years and seems so happy. Certainly happier than us at this moment. We want to shout to the world how lonely we are, but the words just don’t come out right or don’t come out at all, and then finally we sort of resign ourselves to our own thoughts and hope for the best. That’s how I feel about these words, but what do you guys think about them?
Broken Heart is one of Motion City Soundtrack’s strongest songs, and certainly one of their most emotionally potent. If you’re going through heartbreak, this is a must. If you’re looking for a great song to just rock out to at any time, same deal. It’s kind of funny that way.
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Ciao for now!