Daily Song Study

Howard Jones – No One Is To Blame (acoustic live version)

In songs on June 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm

A skill that I have cultivated is to separate songs from their arrangements and production. Often a good song can get cornered by its trappings, and people are unable to hear its possibilities, or even think much about its meaning.

Thankfully some artists make this job easier, as in today’s example by Howard Jones.

This is a live, acoustic version of his biggest hit, and it helps to showcase the lyrics, which mix contradiction, melancholy, hope and helplessness.

While I’m actually a fan of the original’s production (done by Phil Collins, no less), I do think that this recording removes the song from its temporal prison and allows us to hear what’s going on at its core.

I also love the instrumental tag at the beginning and end. It’s something I keep forgetting to do on my own tunes, but this is a good reminder of why it works.

  1. Gd i have a total thing for this song. Always have.

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