You wouldn’t think a song called “Flaws” could make you happier, but here we are.
A hot hit from the new British rock band Bastille, “Flaws” is about a guy who’s saying, “Look, your issues are more obvious than mine, but I’m totally messed up. But if we got together, then maybe we could help each other feel better. Or at least you could help me feel better.”
Still not very happy-making. But as we all know, the sound of a pop song controls our emotional response much more than the lyrics. (Remember bouncing around to “Pumped Up Kicks,” even though it’s about a shooting spree?)
And “Flaws” sounds spectacular. It’s got a shuffling, low-key backbeat that builds to an arm-waving chorus full of loud, extended notes from singer Dan Smith. You’re not going to hit the dance floor with this track, but if you’re driving with the windows down, or you’re sitting in your living room with two friends and a bottle of wine, this could be the perfect singalong soundtrack.
Here’s a great acoustic performance of the song, and you can go here for the full-drums studio version.
And when those background vocalists drop in? With their rising and falling “ooohs?” Or when the beat drops out for a second, leaving us in tantalizing silence, before the drums come crashing back? Forget it. Those are timeless tricks for a reason. Because they are always exciting.
How about this… if you don’t feel at least four percent happier by the end of “Flaws,” then I will send you a check for $4 billion in Blankenship Money. (Note: Blankenship Money is issued on invisible checks and may not be redeemable in any store.)
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Mark Blankenship is always ready for a living room singalong. He tweets as @IAmBlankenship