Everyone is perfect and you’re so lame
The (currently) last in alphabetical order. Not that it means much in the bigger sense of things but it’s a fun little point.
I’m not much of a big rocker anymore. There was a time when guitarwanking, riffing etc did appeal to me but nowadays I take it only in occasional doses from select sources and prefer my rocking in a more… not so grandeously cock-rocky way. Gold Against the Soul is one of those sources despite its grandeous cock-rock style, partly because I played it endlessly during my early fanboy days and thus I’ve grown to love it. Easier to pick something you’re used to than getting something new from a style you’re not so keen on anymore, right? Plus JDB’s always been a brilliant songwriter no matter what style.
It’s not a much talked about track is it, this Yourself? It’s the sort of album track that just fades away into the background, appreciated when listened but not much picked out into the spotlight. And I admit I treat it the same way because when it does come to it, Gold Against the Soul has tracks are far superior to it. But Yourself’s teenage angst rage vibe and energy is brilliant when you’re in the mood for it. It’s less of a guitar riff salad track like most other GATS tracks, relying more on the bass and drums (the latter particularly in the chorus). It has its weaker moments such as the bridge between the verse and chorus and in general the song seems to be composed of random parts put together, but somehow it all works. It’s a bit less straightforward than the other GATS tracks and that sort of ambition mixed with the raging stadium cock rock energy makes it a fun listen.
It’s a bit of a patchy oddball but something in it is so damn endearing.
The opening guitar riff kicks ass.