Song of the Day 3/26/09: Pete Doherty - New Love Grows On Trees
"New Love Grows on Trees" bares a sparser form than I'd usually pay attention to, but when Pete Doherty - iconic for his penchant for sex, drugs, rock and roll, drugs and more drugs - takes it down a notch, I have to take notice. On his solo effort, Doherty finds power in the well-timed pause, injecting enough movement in his vocal cadence to puncture a relatively simple guitar backing. In direct opposition to most lyricists, who carve out whole bars of space around their cleverest lines just to be sure we take notice, all of Doherty's strongest lines are hidden behind sudden speed and vocal urgency. "It makes perfect nonsense to me" - listen up or you might miss them.
- Phillip Taylor-Parker
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