Song of the Day, January 16: I’d Rather Not by Emeli Sandé

sandeidrathernotToday’s song is an understated tribute to devastation and determination. Emeli Sandé’s second album, Long Live the Angels, is a brilliant emotional and musical journey, inspired in part by her divorce and the pressures of sudden fame. She wrote I’d Rather Not with regular collaborator Naughty Boy, Jonny Coffer, and Shakil Ashraf. The backing track is swirling, almost airy, and Sandé’s delivery is quietly detached.

The lyrics however, are powerful. Comparing a broken relationship to a hurricane, dynamite, and weapons of war, Sandé weaves a dark tapestry of injury and betrayal. When the spurning suitor returns, she is faced with a decision that she sums up nicely.

But if it’s all the same to you
As much as I’d love to
I’d rather not

The offhand words are delivered with such quiet determination that they blow away any chance of a reconciliation. Sandé holds this tension perfectly.

Enjoy this powerful song today.

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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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