song obsession friday! (for the week ending January 30)

Song obsessions are those songs that we listen to on repeat. I noticed that my obsessions are often a week long. I also thought that other people might have similar obsessions. I’ve collected a panel of a few like-minded individuals and gotten their “song obsessions of the week.” Quite often it’s easy to explain why the song is good; it’s much hard to explain why we’re obsessed. Maybe you’ll become obsessed with one of these.

Adrian (me):
The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound (mp3) (buy)

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This song obsession was a long time a-comin’. I saw the band (and heard some buzz) when the band played this song on Conan in early December. I liked the song and mulled over that for a few week. I got the album from emusic and mulled that over for a few weeks. Then, for some reason, I started hitting repeat on this song this week.

I really don’t know why I became obsessed with it. I can answer an easier and similar question, though: why I like it. It’s got a great melody, the lyrics in the chorus hit me–they’re great–and it’s got great interplay between it’s hard elements (rawk) and softer elements (yearning melodies over sparse instruments).

Scott:
Half Japanese – 1,000,000 Kisses (mp3) (buy)

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3 Responses to “song obsession friday! (for the week ending January 30)”

  1. Ariana says:

    Can’t believe you didn’t have an Andrew Bird song obsession yet.

  2. adrian says:

    Ariana, it takes me a while for Andrew Bird to grab me. I haven’t been song-obsessed for any songs from this album, but I have before. (Other panelists have also been Bird-obsessed.)

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