Counterparts: Rush week 7

Counterparts was a slow burn for me – you might say a Slow Fire. Didn’t like it at first but it grew on me. Just so much good poetry here.

There’s several tracks I still don’t care for. Animate isĀ  … annoying. The “let’s find as many things that rhyme as possible” thing just doesn’t work for me.

But Cold Fire is wonderful, musically and lyrically.

A phosphorescent wave on a tropical sea
Is a cold fire
The pattern of moonlight on the bedroom floor
Is a cold fire
The flame at the heart of a pawnbrokers diamond
Is a cold fire
The look in your eyes as you head for the door
Is a cold fire

The juxtaposition of poetic love and actual human experience is ugly and beautiful. This is Neil at his best I think.

Double Agent is also good but I’m not always sure what it means.

Everyday Glory is just hard to listen to. Heart wrenching even. Makes me wonder what story is behind it, because there’s always a story.

Mama says some ugly words
Daddy pounds the wall
They can fight about their little girl later
Right now they don’t care at all

That verse makes my heart hurt every time.

I have no idea what Stick It Out is about. Someone tell me.

Between Sun and Moon is also great in its unexpected juxtapositions.

There is a fine line between love and illusion
A fine place to penetrate
The gap between actor and act
The lens between wishes and fact

This is a fine place
To hesitate

I think I still need to spend more time with it.