Saturday, July 20, 2013

Set Fire To The Rain

Aside form the vocals, I usually like a song primarily for its expressive lyrics. "Set Fire To The Rain" by Adele is about a love burned into ashes but trying to rise like a mythical phoenix from the dust. 

Just like any other romantic tale, it all started when she gave her heart to a man who rescued her in misery. The "fallen heart claimed", "kissed lips and saved" and "weak knees to stand in the arms" is the usual story of a damsel and a knight. 

Until she discovered everything seemed not right. The "side she never knew", "games the played he always win" and "words said were not true" were deceptions.

At the chorus, she is caught at the crossroads of letting go and holding on. The "set fire to the rain" line which is also the very title of the song is where the beautiful contradictory element of the song.

Among the popular singers of this generation, Adele seems to be the poet among them. Different from metallic and club, she has the ability to sing the deep pains of human heart that is lost in awry. Indeed, this is the quality that made her early songs "Rolling In The Deep" and "Someone Like You" both enormous international hits.

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In the end, the song leaves its listeners the moral verdict. End love or accept lies? Hold on or let go?

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