Bullet For My Valentine - 'Hearts Burst Into Fire'
Note to all introverted acoustic singer-songwriter types...THIS is how you embellish your pretty ballad about the trials and tribulations of love over a long distance, if you want it to stand out from the crowd. You speed it up, make everything sound urgent, add some very loud guitars - proper METAL riffs too, nothing too arty. Then you get your drummer to do that double kick-drum thing, and mix it so it's louder than every other instrument. I've no idea why this is a good thing, but it's very METAL and that's what counts.
A couple of baroque twiddles here and there, some stoppy and starty bits, and those harmonies that sound like they're made out of plastic and buried under a thick layer of polish, and you've a song which is a world away from Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly or Damien Rice.
Or is it? I mean I only draw a comparison between the two forms because this song is basically an amped up folky meander about a rambin' man forced to make a living away from home, and missing his loved ones. It's practically a country song. The singer isn't working down a mine or digging ditches in a foreign land, but the thought's the same.
Don't believe me? Listen again. Take the endless "look at me! Mum! Look! Paradiddles!" drumming away, acousticise those guitars, rehumanise the harmonies, soften the vocal delivery a bit, and get the twiddles to be played on violins, make the rhythm a bit jiggier, and maybe lose the Cookie Monster moment at the end, and you've got a pretty little ditty that your granny could love.
Assuming your granny isn't a massive rock chick, obv.