Monday, October 26, 2009

Uncertain smile

An interesting cover for a single by an interesting band. The The is the group formed around Matt Johnson. Their 1983 debut album Soul mining was received well, although it was relatively simple compared to some of Johnsons later experiments. The highlight off the album is the love song Uncertain Smile, with its bouncy drum beat and sparkling guitar countering the sweet-but-sour lyrics like "As street lamps pour orange coloured shapes through your windows - a broken soul stares from a pair of watering eyes - Uncertain emotions force an uncertain smile". Unfortunately, the record company butchered the single version. The album track has one of the most impressive piano solos of all times in rock music to close out the song... so they cut that from the single to replace it with some lame flute sounds. But it does have a great cover. More about The The on the linked wikipedia page.