A Charmed Life

soundtrack of my life: Unfinished Sympathy – Massive Attack

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I was at a club recently and this song came on (thank you djjit) and it blew me away just like it does every time I hear it. There are so many elements to this song that make it a masterpiece that when I decided to write about it, words kept on spilling out of me; moving, harmonious, perfectly crafted, ethereal… the following is my attempt to make sense of why I believe this song is truly magnificent.

Firstly and maybe this is because I was as far away as I possibly could be but to me this song represented the London music/club scene at the time (and yes I know Massive are not from London but Bristol – London was pretty much same same to a seventeen year old stuck in New Zealand AND it would be years before I discovered the video was shot in LA by an Australian).  I so wanted to be in London at a club dancing to this song but that wouldn’t happen for another ten years (this says much about the timeless quality of the song in that it is still a mainstay in the club scene years after it was first released).

Then there is the song itself: the haunting musical arrangement (the classical alongside the electronic), the soulful voice of Shara Nelson and the poignant lyrics ‘Like a soul without a mind, In a body without a heart, I’m missing every part (you can feel the longing in those words, it is completely relatable) all layer together to make an emotional almost ethereal melody which is unusual to say for a dance song and even more so for an electronic dance song. They got it exactly right. Not only has this song stood the test of time, it is consistently listed on the top ten for the best song of all time by musos and I concur… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWmrfgj0MZI

Author: akiwigirlabroad

'the universe always has your back'

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