Monday, February 8, 2010

Negotiations & Love Songs #3: "Rome" by Phoenix

Two songs a day as my Valentine's Day gift to myself. Then I have a tidy playlist ready to go on the big holiday!

The whole album is catchy. We've established that with "1901." It's a tasty genre, synth pop. I suppose the 80s girl in me likes the keyboard flourishes. This song presses up against my heart too. I really love the way Mars sings Rome over and over. It means something, even if I can't quite put my finger on it. The chord progression during the instrumental break and during the rest of the song (building, building, building) is just right, and Mars' falsetto feels delicate, vulnerable. The voice isn't perfect, but that isn't the point.

Fall fall falls. 

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