Only a god reserves the right to forgive those that revile him
You know the fun pastime of looking at band’s b-sides and the album that followed them and looking for connecting dots between the styles? While a lot of people were probably thinking of Anorexic Rodin when the whole “let’s use Richey’s lyrics again” angle was revealed and everyone thought about the now-proven-to-be-false THB mark 2 angle, turns out that the real guideline towards the band’s next direction turned out to be songs like Heyday of the Blood. At least, if you look at the title track of Journal – this could have been a Tigers b-side, outside the lyrical angle, and no one would have noticed a thing.
If this song was a Tigers b-side, it’d be one of the top ones, after all the great ones obviously. In other words a very nice ditty that, while being quite good and all that, doesn’t quite cross the border between “an enjoyable track” and “whenever I hear this song, I want to repeat it immediately after it’s over”. Sure Journal has its hooky guitar riffs in the verses and a chorus that plays in your head if given time to sink in, but is it one of the songs I remember first from the album? No, not really.
As such, its grooviest little trait ends up being the other end of the link between Journal for Plague Lovers and Send Away the Tigers.
The lyrics, if the constant namechecking of god doesn’t tell you, is Richey’s unclear rambles about religion. Which would make the titular Journal the Bible.
The Optimo (Espacio) remix of the song, features on the remix album, has some nice sounds and other little things going on it but they’re not nice enough to stand near-constant repetition of them for seven minutes without becoming boring and tiresome. Not to mention it bears practically no similarities to the original (outside tiny vocal clips) and I’ve never liked that with remixes.