Now wake yourselves
The first appearance of Richey lyrics after Everything Must Go. Or sevral lyrics, actually – as Journal for Plague Lovers would later show, parts of Picturesque’s words are bits and bobs from Doors Closing Slowly and All Is Vanity. Which, uh, reminds me wonderfully well how he wasn’t perfect despite his reputation – the second verse is just a bit of a clusterfuck, especially when it goes to the “crucifixion the easy life” bit. Crinnnge. The chorus seems to be a Wire original, or at least as far as we know.
The thing is though, aside from the lyrical missteps this is a brilliant song. The best one on the EP in fact. I’d say finding a copy of the EP is well worth just for this tune. The wonderful weary and given up atmosphere of the song coupled with James’ almost impassionate delivery is wonderful and oooh, that synth lead melody in the chorus is one of the best musical tidbits ever alongside those subtle, almost nonexistently quiet guitar notes under it. It sounds like the material from Lifeblood had aged up and faced its hardships, now finally laying into rest.
The guitar solo stands out a bit sorely but eh. Greatness.