Friday, 14 September 2012

and she wrote it out in letraset...

Cornerstone - Arctic Monkeys

Some songs are written as singles, others just to fill the gaps on albums, although very few manage to break the final barrier and cross over into the psyche of the listener on a level far above that of the writer's original idea. The song I've chosen is 'Cornerstone' by Arctic Monkeys from their 2009 album 'Humbug'. This is a song that was immediately a favourite of mine from the very first time of listening due to the sentiment and imagery involved. Words and phrases that managed to cling to various memories of mine as well as managing to weave events and rose tinted nights out without ever being cheesy of overtly sentimental.

The song itself deals with the period of time between a broken relationships and the start of a new one, the limbo phase where the 'ghost' of the previous appears in the faces of strangers before eventually leading you to the latter. Laying one relationship to rest while feeling your broken heart mend as you let your own personal defences down once again. My favourite line in the song is "I elongated my lift home, yeah I let him go the long way around, I smelt your scent on the seat belt and kept my shortcuts to myself" who of us hasn't let the cab driver take a longer detoured route when dropping a girl/boy off so you could spend a few more precious moments together before waving goodbye? A bona fide gem of the Alex Turner cannon, cracking video too.

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