It looks like my playlist shuffle is stuck in the song titles that begin with B. Here is the list of songs driving in to work today.
Breakin Free – Tesla
Be Somebody – Thousand Foot Krutch
Beautiful – Since October
Back Again – Daughtry
Believer – Three Doors Down
Black Rose – Trapt
Beautiful Mourning – Machine Head
Breakin Free is from the rock band Tesla and it is from their hardly heard 2008 album, Forever More. It is the Brave New World from Iron Maiden, meets Tool intro that hooks me, and the spiteful lyrics resonate with me. Even though the song deals with a relationship break up, it could mean any situation where a person that you trust and liked ends up making life a living hell.
I’m done with swallowing my pride
And the truth in the end denied
You know it makes me sick how you’re so quick to always criticize
You never find fault in yourself
You’re always blamin’ someone else
Breakin Free is written by the band, along with classic rock producer Terry Thomas. If anyone remembers the 1991 album from Foreigner (the one with Johnny Edwards on vocals), Terry co-wrote most of those songs as well, along with the Bad Company albums released between 1988 and 1992. That is why the song sounds classic but modern.
Be Somebody is from Thousand Foot Krutch. It’s from the fan funded The End is Where We Begin album, released in 2011.
We all wanna be somebody, we just need a taste of who we are
We all wanna be somebody, we’re willing to go but not that far
Isn’t that so true. We all want to be recognised for something. In order to get there, we end up changing who we are. We sell our souls for money and fame. We betray the most important person, ourselves. The lyrics bring it all home, we are willing to do what we need to do to be somebody, but we have boundaries as to who far we will go.
Beautiful is from Since October. It is from their debut 2006 album Gasping For Hope, that they released as an unsigned band relying completely on Myspace to push it and sell it. In the end it got them signed to Christian label Tooth and Nail, and so far they have released another two more albums after that.
It is the Duran Duran – Come Undone similarities that grab me. For some reason derivative works in pop and rock work, however in metal, if they are too similar they are decried.
You’re completely perfect but perfectly incomplete
You’re lacking only me but you acted like you didn’t want to know me
Unrequited love. The lyrics are nothing earth shattering, and very adolescent like, and that is what works with the song. Of course the guys in the band were in their early twenties when they wrote this song.
Back Again is from Daughtry. It is the bonus track or b-side to the No Surprise single, that comes from the Leave This Town album released in 2009. It is a classic rock song. It deserved to be on the album.
We’ve all been down this road before,
I give it all, you wanted more
I’ve only got myself to blame
That is the best part of the song. It is where Chris Daughtry really shines on the vocals. It is a song Chris wrote with Adam Gontier from Three Days Grace, well ex Three Days Grace now and produced by Howard Benson, who is the mainstream go to producer for metal and rock music these days.
Believer is from Three Doors Down. It is from the 2011, Time Of My Life album. It is very different to what Three Doors Down are renowned for and it works. The intro rocks, and the melodic lead kicks things off nicely.
I would have been in doubt
When this started out
That everything would turn out this way
First it was a phone call
Then it was another
From a mother who was ready to play
It’s written by the band, and at 2.57 it’s short and sweet, but hectic just the same. Of course the sound is very modern like, thanks to Howard Benson again. Sometimes, we need music to have a laugh with, and in this case, I get that from the lyrics, about a married lady who wants to play, only for her affair to be busted up by her husband.
Howard Benson’s story is interesting, going from being a keyboard player, to a producer, to the Vice President of Giant Records, to an A&R rep for Elektra and now Warners Music. This is proof that you don’t go to 0-Riches in an instant. It takes time and a lot of work.
Black Rose is from Trapt. It is from the 2008 album, Only through The Pain. It is a ballad with a killer chorus and a killer ending.
Black rose your thorns are cutting into me for the last time
Black rose I watched your petals wilt away I couldn’t bring you back to life
You were always where the sun could never go,
I never wanted you to have to be alone
But I couldn’t find a way to help you grow,
It’s written by vocalist Chris Brown and songwriter, Adam Malka. It’s produced by Garth Richardson from Chevelle/Atreyu fame. These lyrics found a connection within me, due to my struggles dealing with my cousins fall into mental illness. I had to cut loose, as if i stayed he would have dragged me along with him.
Beautiful Mourning is from Machine Head and it is from the best metal album of the two thousands, the mighty Blackening album released in 2007. The song has been said to be about Rob Flynn, tripping on acid and taking a razor to his wrists. It is the most depressing words every put to paper.
My redemption is knowing
This will be over
I fear I’ve lost control
Who is this man I said?
Mirror reflects a stranger
Fist shatters the despair
Awake the pain to anger
The music was written by Robb and Phil Demmel, with lyrics by Robb. This is real. Life isn’t all about the highs and the laughs even though we take photographs showing that is the case. Life has a darker side to everything. We are fragile, we can snap at any minute.