Song of the Day, March 2: Troy by Sinéad O’Connor

SineadLionTroyToday’s song is the epic centerpiece of Sinéad O’Connor’s powerful debut album, The Lion and the Cobra. The album is a tightly constructed set of songs filled with powerful images, intense emotion, and irresistible grooves. Troy is a stunning ballad, a slow burn of remembrance and regret. O’Connor uses the sack of Troy as a metaphor for romantic devastation, borrowing a line from Yeats’ “No Second Troy” to good effect.

Opening with a nearly whispered vocal, the song builds slowly over six-and-a-half minutes with remembered vignettes painting the picture of a romantic triangle, passion, betrayal, and determination. O’Connor weaves the burning of Troy with the image of the phoenix rising, a smart pairing that enhances the dramatic tension of the lyric. Her vocals gain intensity, showing off her range to good dramatic effect, making a powerful musical point that emphasizes the gripping lyric.

Enjoy this amazing song today.

Advertisements

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

FiveThirtyEight

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and culture.

RBHSWebComics

all contents © Robert Hulshof-Schmidt

Weekly Top 40

The Weekly Top 40 1955-2017

Major Spoilers

We know you love comics. We do, too.

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Greatest British Songs

The best songs from British bands and artists

Social Justice For All

Working towards global equity and equality

The Falcon's Nest

The Home of All Things Rock and Sometimes Roll

%d bloggers like this: