Too afraid to open your eyes
Nicky Wire coined the term “elegiac pop” to describe Lifeblood, but the first steps of that elegiac pop is evident on This Is My Truth’s halfway masterpiece You’re Tender and You’re Tired.
If the production was colder and cleaner, Tender/Tired would fit perfectly on Lifeblood. The guitar is subtler and less in the forefront – even the guitar solo has been replaced with a whistling solo – and instead a coldly clinking piano serves as the main instrument. It’s somewhat less enclosed than Lifeblood and a bit more regal and direct, but those are minor differences. And that piano part is probably the best piano part in the MSP catalogue.
It’s tragicomical how long some things take their time. I’ve listened to this song countless, countless times and This Is My Truth is one of my favourite albums ever made, yet only now as I’m listening to the track while writing this ramble have I noticed the heavy yet subtle and stylish echo on James’ voice throughout the verses. Sounds gorgeous. No wonder James’ voice has always sounded especially majestic on this.
Top it all off with a gorgeous chorus where James really does a top notch performance (like throughout the album in general) and you’ve got a winner.