song o’ the day

September 12, 2006

M. Ward – “Poison Cup”

And I hope,
I hope,
Hope you know what this means.
I’m gonna give you everything.
I’m gonna give you everything.

And wow what a way to open an album. This song starts out quietly, with Ward’s vocals intriguingly calling out over soft strumming, and then almost exactly halfway through the song some amazing orchestration kicks in, with strings, and it’s soaring and uplifting, and when he says at the very end, “I’m gonna give you everything,” it’s like he’s giving very confident assurance that he’s put everything into the songs to come and you’re going to enjoy them.

M. Ward’s going to be at the Cat’s Cradle next week, with Lambchop and Portastatic. I’m hoping to go.

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