We’ve all been there – as February 14 approaches, it seems impossible to avoid anything red, pink or heart-shaped. If you are single, you will find it difficult to find anything more interesting. If you have just broken up with someone, you will be constantly reminded of what was before. To make this Valentine’s Day a little more tolerable, we’ve put together some of the best divorce albums. Read on.
“Blood in the Footsteps” by Bob Dylan
In 1975, Bob Dylan was still Bob Dylan – shrewd, poetic, hoarse – but he was also bent. His early ’70s albums, such as“ Planet Waves ”or“ Self Portrait, ”were received with a shrug, while his marriage to Sarah Dylan was on the rocks. He embraced these frustrations and framed them on “Blood on the Tracks,” a dissertation on heartbreaking that would be his best album. While Dylan’s strong point in songwriting has always been disappointment, “Blood on the Tracks” equally offers sweetness and cruelty, embracing the full range of emotions that come after a breakup. In the middle of the album you have the vile “Idiot Wind”, the taut blues “Meet Me in the Morning” and the bittersweet beauty “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”, all one after the other. The album is both stale and catchy, reminiscent and painful. This heartache is brought to perfection in “You’re a Big Girl Now”, in which Dylan simply sings, “I’m going crazy, oh, oh / With the pain that stops and starts / Like a corkscrew to my heart / With the time we broke up. ”
“Red (Taylor’s version)” Taylor Swift
Yas Akdag, music editor
In the 16 years since her debut album, two things have become crystal clear: first, that Taylor Swift writes some of the best songs about the breakup, and second, that these songs will almost always be about list A celebrities like John Mayer (“Dear John”), Harry Stiles (“ I knew you were Trouble”) Or Jake Gyllenhaal (“ Everything too Well»). These last two songs appear on “Red,” Swift’s wildly popular 2012 album, which is dedicated to her breakup with Gyllenhaal. Nine years later, “Red (Taylor’s Version)” became Swift’s second rewriting to date and an even sharper poll of his ex. The album has my favorite fans – from feeling good “22” to the anthem “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, but also delights listeners with a new collaboration between Phoebe Bridgers and a 10-minute version of “All Too Good”. “You kept me as a mystery, but I kept you as an oath,” Swift sings in the latter under an acoustic guitar, a strong kick and swelling of the brass spirits. Full of detailed storytelling and huge pop productions, “Red (Taylor’s Version)” shows Taylor Swift in its most classic form.
“The Giant Sings the Blues” by Spanish love songs
Jack Solomon, author-writer
Spanish love songs are one of the best and darkest punk bands to date, they have three great albums. Although the production and lyrical range of Spanish love songs have evolved since the release of their debut album in 2015, the raw and disturbing song “Giant Sings the Blues” still has a lot of sharp resonances. “Bad Day” begins the album with quick fury, leading straight to “Nervous People,” which creates a scene of relationships that seem doomed to failure. The album is mostly narrative, creating an emotional punch near the end, especially in “Stranger,” when frontman Dylan Slocum realizes he “won’t be your family anymore”. All this is the roar of guitars, drums and many cynical lyrics, which lack humor even in the darkest moments – in “Mexico” Slocum is at his brother’s wedding, listens to the preacher talk about marriage, and feels “these sad bastards” watching right on me ”. The line between emotional enthusiasm and tearful disorder is good, but I firmly believe that anyone who reads a piece of the best Valentine’s Day breakout album will get what he needs from this record.
“Atlanta Millionaires Club” Faye Webster
Isabella Armus, Deputy Art Editor
While a stunning heartbreaking album is a universal remedy for catharsis if you need a quieter introspection, Faye Webster’s “Atlanta Millionaire’s Club” is a modern indie classic. Through her warm, folk-inspired strings and delicate diary pen, Webster reflects on one of the most difficult emotional experiences – not quite a breakup, but a love that never allowed it to flourish. Wandering through a hilarious story about some shaky and ambiguous Johnny, Webster mourns this unhappy relationship and deconstructs his own melancholy habits and intimate insecurities. This is typical on bolder tracks such as “Pigeon”, which depict fussy flirting, and on slow-burning emotional burns, such as “Hurts Me Too”, which justify the need to wallow. But rest assured, this album is not a stencil of a sad girl, but a celebration of autonomy and a story of how romance can come to terms with work, family and the more sensitive parts of ourselves. “Jonny,” though a gorgeous sad song, is ultimately not the focus of the record. The Atlanta Millionaires Club is mostly about the simple, unpleasant fact that love, despite its potential, is not all we need sometimes. On Valentine’s Day, don’t be afraid to get up with an artist like Webster – on the other hand you might be better off.
“Don’t Darken” Del Water Gap
Sarah John, author-writer
Holden Jaffe’s untouched 2019 EP “Don’t Get Dark”, also known as Del Water Gap, is a delicate, sad, sad and special kind of horny. On it, a graduate of the Clive Davis Institute manages a musically diverse collection, from guitar riffs that open the song “Theory of Emotion” to a gentle acoustic ending “Chastain”. “Don’t Get Dark” is a tribute to the journey from one relationship to another, and like the process of transitioning from a breakup, the project’s tracks require sadness and a little hope. When Jaffe sings about the loss of friends and the end of his adolescence, you will find yourself in the darkest mood to mourn the disappointments of your early youth. All in all, we promise that if your ex hasn’t smashed you completely into tiny pieces, Jaffe is sure to finish the job – the strings in “Don’t Let Me” are guaranteed to break someone’s heart.
“MAGDALENA” from FKA branches
Valentina Arrieta, author-contributor
“MAGDALENE” FKA twigs is a vulnerability. The album was inspired by both her publicly studied relationship with Robert Pattinson – where she experienced horrific racism from both fans and the press – and her fibroid removal surgery when six fetal myomas were removed from her uterus. On “MAGDALENE” FKA twigs teaches us what it is to love and then lose through the figure of Mary Magdalene, a biblical character who has often been misrepresented. Experiencing their lowest points in the most inner way, FKA twigs lets us into the most intimate parts of themselves, as in an album closer to “cellophane”. Combining her obsessive, ethereal vocals and glitches, electronic products, FKA twigs tells the story of the loss: “But I just want to feel like you’re there / And I don’t want to share our love / I try, but I get depressed / When you’re gone , I have no one to tell. ” The “MAGDALENE” FKA twigs will guide us through his journey of suffering, survival and eventual growth, making it an album for disintegration to listen to this Valentine’s Day.
Couples Chopra, full-time writer
After a six-year hiatus, Adele returned to the industry with her record-breaking album “30” in November 2021. Written about her divorce, the album examines grief in terms of acceptance and growth amid painful agony. Through soulful ballads and powerful vocals the artist allows you to be vulnerable. Adele sings about loneliness in songs like “My Little Love” and “Cry Your Heart Out”. This album has an honesty that connects listeners with Mount Adele and opens the scars for them to see and hear. The complexity of “30” – because it deals with the themes of love, terror, loneliness, instability and the search for the soul – in parallel with the chaotic journey of life. For a year of albums full of hearts, Adele is gracefully struggling with the end of a chapter of her life.
“Love of Life” Swans
Nicolas Pedrera-Zetzer, art editor
The “love of life” of swans is love in the most desperate form. Michael Gira sings his opus of suffering, beating each sung syllable with a romanticized depression. With a duration of more than two hours, “Love of Life” allows listeners to delve into a state of grief and immerse themselves in the mud of their melancholy. In songs like “Please Remember Me” and “No Cure for the Lonely,” Swans is able to capture the longing of a broken soul that is collapsing within itself. “Love of Life” is an album for love-torn and hopeless, recently torn people who can’t go outside because their hearts are hanging. Swans invite real felting. With heavy guitars and whispers of curses, “Love of Life” is a time spent in a dead end. The album monumentalizes the devastating effects of a broken heart and loneliness, completely sinking into the consciousness of despair. “Love of Life” is an opera for the oppressed, perfect for lying in bed like a fetus and crying to the sad rhythms and elusive lyrics of a band that knows that love is lost.
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