September 26th, 2012 6:46am
When Love Is Smothered Out In Fear
This song hurts more if you think of it as the sad conclusion to a story that begins with “Rest Of Our Lives,” the achingly sweet and earnest ballad from the Dum Dum Girls’ debut album. While that was a song about hoping a good relationship could last forever, this is about a love fizzling out despite the best of intentions. But despite that reversal, the songs come from the same place: a pure-hearted conviction that romance is powerful and true. Dee Dee writes and sings with an idealism that is heart-melting, even if you’re wallowing in cynicism. In every line, in every note, you can really feel exactly how devastated she is that this love hasn’t worked out, and how the idea of “moving on” is more like a grand defeat than some kind of liberation.
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