Lavolta LAVOLTA006 / LAVOLTA006Y / LAVOLTA006X: 28th August 2006
1. The City Is At Standstill
“Drink up, forget all about, the loss that a lifetime brought our way, to the end of violence, and our fictitious war, for every crooked politician, there’s a thousand more”
2. At First It Felt Like Darkness
“Now we stumble through the city streets, hearts dancing to a skipping beat”
3. The City Is At Standstill (Acoustic)
“How you shivered, as the wind shook through the alleyways, and boxcars, so let’s dance, away like spectres, drifting into the dark”
4. Angeles (XFM Session)
“Someone’s always coming around here, trailin’ some new kill, I said I seen your picture on a, hundred dollar bill”
“I know that she knows, I’m not fond of asking, oh true or false it maybe, well she’s still out to get me”
‘The City Is At Standstill’ is the kind of big anthemic song that you feel Badly Drawn Boy has been trying to make. It’s got a touch of Arcade Fire as well with its crashing Pianos, titanic Drums, windmill Guitars and joyous handclaps. It doesn’t quite match the dizzy heights of his untouchable last single ‘The Mourners Of St Paul’s’, but it does come surprisingly close. An Acoustic version is included, but this song really needs to be heard with the big production.
‘At First It Felt Like Darkness’ is an acoustic song with an almost uncomfortably emotional vocal performance. It shares allot of the same lyrical imagery as the A-side, which I assume is intentional. ‘Angeles’ is an acoustic cover of an Elliott Smith song that he wrote almost ten years ago now. You can now add Liam Frost to the growing list of artists who’ve covered ‘Naïve’ by The Kooks. Personally, I’ve never been able to see the song’s attraction but Liam Frost’s version certainly does its best to convince me.
If you look on Ebay you can get a cute little 3″ tour CD.