52 The First Day of Spring by Noah and the Whale 2009.
I'm a sucker for break up songs and this is one hell of a break up lp (detailing the break down of Charlie Fink's relationship with the singer Laura Marling) and often cringeworthy in its honesty (one track details a post break up one night stand with a fan), however there is enough light and shade as well as story arch to mean it is much more than a misery fest.
The lp stsarts with a funeral drum and the realisation that it is over but clinging to the
"I'm still here hoping that one day you may come back"
We then move to looking at the breakdown with a mournful piano and violin
Well it's four in the morning,
things are getting heavy,
and we both know that it's over, but we both are not ready
and you're talking like a stranger
so I don't know what to do
and I'm callous and I'm cruel, to everyone but you
The heart of the lp sees Charlie Fink picking over the bones of his failed relationship
Halfway through we get an interlude with 2 instrumentals bookending Love of an Orchestra with its Madness Wings of a Dove type backing. It is if Charlie Fink realised that he needed to break the mood
The jauntiness of Orchestra makes the cofessional stranger even more powerful
Stranger by Noah and the Whale
The lps moves towards closure with a sense of moving forward and letting go
Overall a set of songs shot through with pain , confusion and regret but also a sense of hope , proper grown up pop music
You can buy First Day of Spring here