Carries us together
Unstoppable Salvation is a prime example on how simple details can create surprisingly large results.
In its core, Unstoppable Salvation is a very simple song. Verse, chorus, verse, chorus. Lyrically it’s simple as well. The music stays fairly the same during the whole song: the thick bassline is the key element of the music, an acoustic guitar and drums support it and like with all the Forever Delayed era songs, there’s a heavy keyboard element on the song. If it was just all these, you’d have a nice song but nothing remarkable.
What makes Unstoppable Salvation so fantastic are the small changes. The chorus consists of two lines: “Carries us forever/Carries us together”. On the first time James sings the first line alone, with Nicky quietly adding his voice to the second line appropriately, and both lines are sung rather calmly. However, during the second chorus the lines are switched, Nicky joins in both of them and James sings them in a more yearning, lengthened way. Suddenly the whole mood is topsy-turned – from quiet contemplation to emotional release as they both shout out “carries us together” with a more passionate tone, finally confronting the final echo with a hearty “carries us forever”.
And then there’s the tiny musical details like the brilliant electric guitar lines that go their own way underneath all the other instruments, nearly unnoticably. Sean’s drumrolls at the end of the second verse launching the music into the chorus with a larger push.
Short, sweet, deceptively simple but utterly fantastic. One of my very favourite Manics b-sides.