Musicality/Instrumentation: When I listen to this song, the instrumentation tends to fade into the background for me. That initial sound doesn’t grab my attention and even seems…well..weak. The song continues with the addition of other sounds followed up by the rest of the instruments. While that is more demanding of my attention, it doesn’t beg me to keep listening. In this song, I notice the vocals a great deal more than the instruments. What I do hear of instrumentation is good, but doesn’t go much beyond that. Yet, I think this is purposeful so to not drown out the vocals and the lyrics.
Vocals: Much like the other songs we have reviewed in this album, Simon sounds beautiful to me, for the most part. This song seems to be filled with much emotion which is shown by Simon’s singing. He stresses the lines that need to be stressed in order to convey the feelings and mood of the song. At the end of the song, he gets quieter, which is an interesting move as he is still singing lyrics connected to the chorus. During the rest of the song, those lines are sung the loudest and with the most conviction. Does he get quieter at the end to show that he isn’t so certain? Maybe.
Lyrics: The lyrics make the song to me. The music doesn’t seem to be anything extra special and the vocals are good but, if there weren’t lyrics like this, then the vocals wouldn’t carry any weight. To me, this song represents fixing a mistake, redeeming oneself and being able to do that because the other person, or people, are willing to forgive. So, what is Simon or the band trying to redeem themselves for and with whom? Could it be something personal to one of them? Absolutely. Could it also be that they are saying this to the fans? They have made mistakes and those of us hardcore fans have stayed by their sides and given forgiveness and always will. To me, being a fan means that there is always love and support for the celebrity, or in this case the band, even when there might not be support for a specific career move or decision. The fans will always “leave a light on” for them. Simon sings about how he has “something to prove” and that “the kindness you’ve shown” will not be forgotten. Thus, the power of our kindness and ability to forgive acts as the “sweet hand to bring me (Simon or the band) home”. It is a two way relationship, in that sense. Could it be that I’m looking way more into this than what is there? Absolutely. To me, that is Simon’s lyrics at their best. They can be interpreted in many ways and with many different levels.
Production: This song did not contain much of the smaller, subtle elements that the first three songs had. At first, I thought this could have been a negative, but now believe that this makes the most sense. Simon’s vocals and lyrics were able to rise to the surface and given the spotlight that they deserved. If there was more little bits or even more noticeable instrumentation, the value of the song would have been lost.
Overall: This song is carried by the lyrics and vocals. The instrumentation provides the necessary background to allow the song to have the necessary flow. While this one isn’t one that I will play over and over again on a regular basis, I still feel that it has touched me in an emotional way that often non-ballads can’t.
Musicality/Instrumentation: I would be lying if I didn’t mention that within seconds of the first bar or two, I was thinking “Casio keyboard!” in my head. That isn’t necessarily a horrible thing – it reminds me very much of a song by….another band that won’t be mentioned here (Clear Static) that I used to work with. It also reminds me of a song by The Devils called Newhaven Dieppe, and I really am not sure why. I don’t know if it’s the feel of song, which is truly decidedly different than this in most ways, but perhaps they used a similar keyboard set up? The keyboards are very atmospheric to begin with, and while I do hear guitar, it’s very light. The whole song plays much more like a lullaby than any other song on this particular album. The drums are light, and truly I can’t hear a lot of bass. That said, the way the song is recorded tends to demand that. It would sound like a completely different song had there been a big rhythm section and/or guitar. I don’t feel as though the music was much of a stretch on anyone’s part in the band, but to be fair – I really do believe it all works well together to create the sound they intended.