This is one of the few songs I bought for the musical arrangement, not the lyrics.
It's muted, hollow, deep, brooding, and can we all just take a second to appreciate that velvet alto vocal?
There's a lot of space in the mix, which gives the whole piece a sparse, haunted feel. There's enough sass in the lyrics and enough body in the vocal to give the song plenty of substance. To make it stand out from the myriad of slow '80s songs, this one features an oboe sting in the chorus that's almost sultry. The lyrical approach throughout is almost Beatle-esque, which of course adds to its appeal.
Title: Twist In My Sobriety
Artist: Tanita Tikaram
Album: Ancient Heart
Label: Warner Music
iTunes here; YouTube here.
Look, my eyes are just holograms
Look, your love has drawn red from my hands
From my hands you know you'll never be
More than twist in my sobriety...