THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION - NOT JUST WORDS

I'm sticking with 2006 for today's song. Along with the Cat Power record from yesterday,  The Black Heart Procession's album The Spell was the soundtrack to my entire 2006. Wherever I went, it went too. Featuring ominous tales of terror that occasionally veered into humour, it was a sympathetic companion that would never sugarcoat anything.

In 'Not Just Words,' though, they had the best song that Arcade Fire never wrote. It's got a bouncing swagger that propels the song forward, as if they've simply put new words to a classic soul song from the 60s.

"This will never be forgotten / these are not just words." That statement should be comforting, but here it just sounds like a threat. Things are going to get bad - it's just a question of when. That shadowy area is always the most intriguing, and I'm grateful that it's one which TBHP seem intent on exploring.

Note: This is actually the first time I've ever sought out and watched the video for this song. It's fucking terrible, isn't it? Christ.