Song of the Week: Black

It's not often a song instantaneously glues to your mind, without having even listened to half of the duration. This is where you already have emotional attachment, a graceful sentimental value and a looming sense of lifelong inevitability; this one isn't going away. 

With the power of the internet, instant messaging, various apps etc. it is impossible nowadays to not know what a song title is after or during listening. This has its pros and cons; I spent many of my teenage years searching for songs that had been stuck in my head for just under a decade... it would now take me 20 odd seconds with an app like Shazam. 

I oddly miss the times where I would search days and weeks on end for a particular song, I still have songs stuck in my head from way-back-when, because technology doesn't comply with a monotone singing voice, humming an awful melody (unfortunately).

My point here is that some songs just aren't going to slip by in your head if they truly are that good or have some sort of emotional attachment to them. And I honestly believe that, it has at least worked for me so far in my short 21-year lifespan. 

This is one of them - 'Black' is one of the best songs I have ever heard. It is written by Danger Mouse (Brian Joseph Burton) and Daniele Luppi, and released on the 2011 album 'Rome' - an album which is said to have taken five years to make. Vocals are performed by Norah Jones

This song had its "second big break" if you will, as the closing song in the fourth series of the US TV drama, Breaking Bad. If you have never watched Breaking Bad, start now and if you have already completed it, watch it again. There is absolutely no song in the world that could replace it at the culmination of that season. Reading over some YouTube comments, almost all are about how big an emotional impact this has on the end of Season 4.

Everything about this song had me attached - the changes, a wistful and eerie melody, diverse instrumentation choices, raw production, simple rhythms... I could go on and on, but it all seems so real to me. 

I'll let you make your own judgement. I hope you can enjoy it as much as I do. 


I recommend reading the lyrics without having me babble on about them.