Ok my turn. And FYI, this was my very first release of an album since I have been a Poets fan and I have had a blast, with the title tweets, the speculation and the countdown, all of it!!
I've listened to it all day today and the only thing I've changed my mind about is, it's not as good as I first thought. IT'S EVEN BETTER!!! This album is simply fantastic and beautiful and amazing. My favorites keep switching places so I don't think I can name any favorites, except for my fav 2
Still Cradled in Love is my absolute favorite of all time and Morning Tide tried all day to kick it out of spot #1, CiL held on strong!! Poets is the only band/musician where I like very single song on every single album, I kid you not. That just doesn't happen!! I will say a bit about each song in album order for anyone who would like to read it:
Running Out of Time: The vocals are awesome, I LOVE the way he sings "crazy running, like we're runnin' out of time..." and the music and the mix is great. This song had me bouncing around whenever it came on, couldn't be helped. I LOVE the abrupt ending...
Temple of Thought: The first line of the song describes it perfectly, chills running down my spine. The love in this song is palpable and the vocals impeccable, just perfect. Anyone who has a love like the love in this song is blessed.
Cradled in Love: I already commented on this song when it was first released but real quick again, this song has become my favorite song ever from anyone. The beauty and love in this song just exceeds anything I have ever heard. Someone upthread mentioned getting a line from a song tattoo. Well if I were ever to do that it would be "I was your starlight..." That one line says everything and I can't get it out of my head, even weeks after the initial release. This song is just pure love.
Kamikaze Love: I find this to be a fun, bit of a rockin' song. I LOVE the chorus and I would like to know where it is the angels fall. Also the line "what you live and breathe is why you're dying..." is brilliant and I can totally get that line...a little too much. Great song!
The Lie Eternal: First off, I LOVE the title, even tho I haven't quite figured out what it means yet, as with the song itself. It intrigues me. It's different and catchy and I want to keep listening to it, yet I can't really figure out what it means yet, what he's trying to say. I love the beat and the music and I will be singing along to this one over and over again!! I just want to know what it means...
This one is in my top likes of the album.
Skin: What can I say about this one except that the sorrow in this song is ever present and heart breaking. This one brought me to the verge of tears. I can hear the sorrow in Markos vocals. And the part that starts "This house is full of stories we both told...", that whole part, magnificent song writing, it just tells everything. And the line "I have you tattooed on my skin..." this is where I tear up and when he switches into falsetto, omg, I don't even know what to say except to use the word that so many have already used, but it fits...masterpiece. This one is the top of my list as well, very high on the top.
The Distance: Different and AWESOME! I replayed this one so many times today! Every member of this band works so well together and compliments each other so well. I can hear everyones distinct contribution in this song! And the part at 2:30 and on in the track, I am just feeling the whole song and if I hadn't been at work, I would have been spinning around the room. Top pick again!
Show Me This Life: Love this rocking song, love the guitar work! And yes, I love the line "Just a fantasy away, your naked love laid next to me.." I have a lot of fun singing along to that line. Of course, it can be taken different ways. Literally laying there naked after or before love in the physical sense OR her love for him, emotionally, there and open for him to see showing on her face and not hidden away. At this point in time, I like the physical interpretation
I may change my mind when I realize I'm in my 40's and not really 17 anymore like I like to think I am
Also LOVE the line "slice the light right off my sun with your razorblade caress of love.." love the line and how Marko delivers it.
Morning Tide: Oh here we go...this one is fighting with CiL for the most beautiful song ever in the history ever. From the beginning I am gripped by the raw and amazingly beautiful vocals, omg...and when the chorus hits, the vocals go from raw to powerful just like that and then back to raw right after. Just swept me away. And from 2:35-3:00, I can't even begin to describe how much the vocals just pierce right thru me and I HAVE to close my eyes, I HAVE TO. I think I can't listen to this song at work because every time it came on I couldn't do a single thing but listen.
There seems to be a favorite line in each song, and in this one it's "won't you come with me and hear the ocean sigh..." Once again, the simplest lines carry the most poignant meanings ever, wow. This song simply fills me with awe, and a little bit of longing...
Jeremiah Peacekeeper: I really want to discuss this song somewhere. I want to know who Jeremiah is. He intrigues me and he can be several people I think. Is he a literal old west peacekeeper as the title and music imply? But he has no gun. Is he just a man keeping his love safe and making sure there is peace for his love? Yet the song implies(IMO) that he is keeping the peace for the world. He could even be Jesus as the line "your wounds will be his scars..." could be our sins for his scars on the cross. And the line "the here and now will bow to him to serve only one purpose, to keep your peace..." possibly means worship. I know it says "when the night comes, he will need your open arms.." but that doesn't have to mean physically. It could mean you're open and accepting .
These are just thoughts and I know I will be thinking about this song for a long time to come. As for the song itself, I LOVE the western ballad music so much and the melody and vocals are superb.
The Happy Song: The rockingest(I know that's not a word, but it is now), happiest and funnest song ever!! I will never, ever tire of this song and to place it on the album in the last slot after such an emotional roller coaster of music is brilliant! It's like it's saying, "oh, you don't want to cry anymore?? You don't want to feel emotional pain and vulnerability anymore?? You want something to pick you back up after all the inner turmoil?? Well alrighty then! Here ya go!!" That song delivers!!! And the lyrics page in the PDF made me LOL so hard...it's so...short!! And the blood spatter, nice touch!!
Ok this was longer than I had intended, but I am finished now, at least for the time being, so if you read the whole thing, I hope I didn't bore you, and thanks for reading
I guess I could have just said the album is brilliant...