21st Century Breakdown

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The votes are in.

Last week, with a Currys PC World voucher worth €20 on offer, I asked you to name your favourite song of this millennium (2000-2021).

You answered in your dozens.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Song For Zula by Phosphorescent

Jonboy writes:

“A beautiful, bittersweet, ballad that captures the un-romance of a breaking relationship.

“Saw him in Whelan’s back around 2013 when he was touring this album (Muchacho – give it a listen, it’s incredible) and it was every bit as good in person.”

Runner-up:

Oblivion by Grimes

Capernosity And Function writes:

“I first heard this as the music to an Eircom ad many moons ago. I never, never get tired of playing this; surely, that is the mark of a song that has entered your consciousness in a good way. I love the intro, the fey, wispy vocals that deal with a subject darker than the melody implies.

“I often think the best songs are constructed like that. Grimes is now viewed through the prism of her relationship with Evil Genius/ World Saviour (delete as appropriate) Elon Musk. This song is from a time when her lo-fi, DIY production ethic was fully intact, and it worked.”

Winner:

Alexandra Leaving by Leonard Cohen

Eug writes:

“I’ve listened to Leonard Cohen since my teens saw him twice in the stadium in the 80’s and reborn in Royal Hospital in 2008 and every time he visited after that.

“Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss”

Leonard at his best and reborn in the 21st Century. Sharon Robinson got him to sing in a lower octave and between them they took “The God Abandons Antony” written in 1911 by the poet Constantine P. Cavafy and transformed into Alexandra Leaving.

“Do not choose a coward’s explanation
That hides behind the cause and the effect”

To me it speaks of love, live and it’s inevitable end and acceptance.

“Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost”

Nick says: Thanks all.

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3 thoughts on “21st Century Breakdown

  1. CapernosityandFunction

    Thank you for the second place Nick. Delighted. That is up there with my 1 minute 34 seconds for the Irish Times Simplex crossword. Highlights of my lockdown (sigh!)

    1. benblack

      It is a gtood tune.

      The first I’ve heard from this artist.

      I know she’s married to Musk, however, when I saw a picture of her I thought – I think I can skip that.

      So, there you have it.

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