Song of the Day, April 9: What’s This?!! by Teddy Thompson

TeddyWhatsThisToday’s song is a snapshot of a cynic’s comeuppance. After two albums of solid folky pop and a smart set of country covers, Teddy Thompson presented his most rock-oriented set on his fourth album, A Piece of What You Need. Lyrically, he maintains his familiar territory, dissecting the highs and lows of personal politics. The music is more energetic, however, with a great pop polish that enhances the delivery without dulling the edges.

The sound is more upbeat, and in this case the lyrics follow suit. The singer is clearly startled to discover himself experiencing domestic bliss.

What’s this, what’s this, am I happy or something?
Oh shit, oh shit, am I happy or something?
Is it you, is it me, is it us, is it we?
Uh oh

The internal monologue races round and round as he ponders the risks of commitment, recognizes his instinct to bolt, and urges himself to stick it out. Thompson’s delivery is delightful and he’s in fine voice, making the most of his range to emphasize the mental journey. It’s a fun, smart track and a highlight of the singer’s career so far.

Enjoy this great song today.

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.

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