A Song That No One Would Expect You To Love
Given my usual artists in regular rotation, one would expect to find plenty of singer-songwriters in my collection, experimental sounds with a rock leaning, piano-driven music and a dash of pop. A few mainstream singles blended in primarily to dance to. Glancing through my 70 Gigs of music (and forever climbing), you’d be pretty much right. You’d expect a lot of pop labelled at 3 stars (my rating for “silly fun shit”).
This one gets five stars, and is the only song by this band I love.
When this band broke out, I rolled my eyes, cringed at the cracking pubescent voices and felt like I’d fallen into a time warp circa NKOTB’s heyday. I did think that there was a sister in the mix, and was baffled when I learned otherwise. But a scant few years later, this track played on Muchmusic and I was floored. There was growth apparent in the lyrics, but more importantly, it resonated with me.
Twelve years later, it still hits me in a way I cannot adequately articulate. There’s a sense of childhood ending, of innocence lost and yet sought out anew. Living and dying in cyclical motion.
This Time Around – Hanson