Another big winner at last year’s ARIA awards was Ladyhawke, who won Breakthrough Artist Album and Single. So I should probably become familiar with My Delirium:
Hey, Ladyhawke might like my post! Because she’s waiting by the phone, and nobody waits by a phone anymore! Seriously, what year is it? I guess all that talk of her ’80s retro-ness isn’t just publicity guff.
I quite like this song, I really do. I like that the melody isn’t the same as the guitar riff – instead the two work against one another, and that takes a songwriter’s touch. I like that the chorus goes up a notch from the verses. I like that the verses aren’t melodically dull, in order to give the chorus a helping hand.
The lyrics, especially in the verses, are a little bland. No real concrete images in “room”, “watch”, “world”, “eat” and “sleep”. And it really needs a bridge: the breakdown before the riff comes back into the final choruses is fun, but a truly butt-kicking bridge could have made the thing special.
OK, this exercise requires a scoring scale, and I will invent one. It’s called the Vanda-Young Scale, and it goes like this:
10 A spectacular song, on a universal subject, that will still hit you on all fronts in fifty years. Everything works together, and the whole is mystically greater than the sum of the parts. A really, really good song. Friday On My Mind good.
7-9 An inspired effort, ambitious and unusual, solid professionalism spiced with a pinch of genius. Not flawless, but a memorable experience. An Evie experience.
5-7 It sticks with you, no argument. Maybe you’ll love it, if it’s playing at just the right time. Everything’s well-crafted and in capable hands. Love Is In the Air, and you’re Yesterday’s Hero.
1-3 Glimmers of talent, but a misfire.
0 Three minutes that would have been better spent in silence.
Based on this system, I’m scoring my two contenders thus far:
Walking On a Dream – 1.5
My Delirium – 4