Sunday, 15 November 2015

Year by year: 1992

Morphine – GOOD

Morphine are special in the sense that if you start listening to them – you stop listening to everything else. You begin with Good and then move all the way to The Night. You have to. Until all your ears can register is the sound of a two-string bass guitar.

I’ve always thought of ‘Morphine’ as the perfect name for this band. Cure for pain, that kind of thing. But it’s not as simple as that, and morphine leads to addiction. As depression does. Morphine is exactly that: the sound of mild, soothing depression. If you think that sort of thing can’t exist – try spending a night with one of their five studio albums. 

There is not a single standout song on this album. All very even. You could argue that “You Speak My Language” is the special one (try finding a person you can sing it to), but I’m just as addicted to the melancholic “You Look Like Rain” (hard to say why Tom Waits never came up with that title) or the deceptively upbeat “The Other Side”.