I have always been more than a little fascinated with the order of the world. I believe in some level of madness in all of working systems, of course. Therein lies the potential for a spark that separates from the norm. There can never be brilliance otherwise. Like Nietzsche said, you must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
I have been looking at The Reverb Junkie’s placement of tracks and the cogs in my brain have been working around the various possibilities. Of course, the songs could have been placed in some form of random order. But I can’t help but notice that the album starts with ‘All I Want’ and ends with ‘Want Me Now’.
That pretty much made me want to sit down and unearth the subtexts and undercurrents of the album as a whole. (Yep, I am aware that XWarmm is listed as the last track here, but it’s a bonus track, which makes me see it as an epilogue of sorts. Allow me to ramble.)
Initially, it looked like a Derridean cyclical arrangement. The highs of All I Want plunging into the self-doubt of Everything and Hangin On, plummeting into the betrayal of Selfish before the rebirth and ecstasy of Eyoh (which all TRJ frans would know comes from the mid-points of the words “st(ay op)en” as heard in the uncut version of the track).
But unlike a circle, the tone of the album drops deeper, self-reflexivity in the humanity of Worth, before regaining ground in More Than Enough (this time actually looking at the value in a relationship versus the devaluation of it in Selfish), and then it falls (this time lyrically) in Bit by Bit, heightening vocal-wise in Tear Down Walls and then subdued once more with Want Me Now.
XWarmm is wordless; vibrations carrying us out of the complete album, an epilogue ushering us to the closing.
The album (to me) looks to be tracing some sort of life line. Erratic, uncertain but hopeful. Even when the words die out, the music doesn’t.
I wish I could draw a graph out. Unfortunately, it is past 1 am and I should sleep. Just my two cents!
And with that, I bid you (and my overactive mind) good night.
- The Reverb Junkie’s First Album is Out (thetoiletpost.wordpress.com)
- The Reverb Junkie: All I Want (AKA Michelle Chamuel) (bboymskitty.wordpress.com)