Total resentment forever

A critic once said that one great song can make an album but one amazing song can kill it. I’m told that ‘Polydistortion’ – the second album by Icelandic electro-art-pop collective GusGus – is really really good. I’m fairly sure it is, I’ve heard most of it. That being said, ‘Believe’ is such a singular attention-commanding epic I can barely concentrate once it’s finished. I’d be interested to talk with anyone who thinks they know what this song is about, but the feeling I get from it is the horror of numbness. The resignation here is haunting. The narrator doesn’t want to live and no one will let him die. One of the greatest songs about depression ever laid down, and also proof of the power of miserable art in lightening the weight of gloom (for some at least).

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