Absolute

The Fray is one of those bands that some people love to hate, and I don’t exactly love their entire catalog (they do get credit for two Kanuga songs–“Over My Head” in 2006 and “You Found Me” in 2009). This track, though, has been one of my favorites since I first heard it. Suggestion: Get a good pair of headphones and listen to the intro first in stereo, then with only your left ear, then with only your right. The two guitar parts are similar, but differentiated enough both to suggest what will be the song’s chord progression and to provide, in my interpretation, a feeling somewhere between discomfort and despair. As the track continues and other parts come in, everything just seems to mesh nicely and each instrument has its own contribution. I’ve also always liked the first line of the second verse, though it bears no relation to any life experience!

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