|Sometimes I Love It When You Break My Heart|
25 Songs that are achingly, depressingly, painfully beautiful.
|1||Red House Painters|
Mistress (Piano Version)
oh Mark Kozelek, I could put any of your songs on here... I'll put a Sun Kil Moon song on later.
That reverbed guitar lick at the beginning, just melts me dammit.
|3||Stars of the Lid|
When the violin breaks from the oscillating drone and runes down the scale. Yeah.
Simple piano part and the ascending trumpet. Plus it's about the city of Flint, how depressing is that?
A gorgeous piano ballad. Some of the saddest lyrics I've ever heard.
Streets of London
East Coast classic with some sad lyrics and great folk guitar.
Like I need to explain this.
Everyone knows the part that where the piano goes up an octave.
Motion Picture Soundtrack
The organ and Yorke tug your heart strings one last time.
The Great Gig in the Sky
So Come Back, I Am Waiting
It was between this, The Glow and A Stone but this epic pulls it out as the ending is just epic.
Concierto Andaluz - Adaggio
Classical guitarists interpretation of the Rodrigo piece is at once technically marvelling and played with great emotion. The ending is fantastic as it symbolizes Rodrigo's stillborn baby rising to heaven with a picardy third.
|13||Neutral Milk Hotel|
Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2
As if any list of this nature could be made without this song.
The Crane Wife 1 and 2
Not so much Pt. 1 as Pt. 2 with the breaking up "Heart" into a multi-syllabic cascade.
Repose in Blue
Great for night time driving
Serenade for Strings
Dvorak is great and this serenade is incredibly pretty.
How It Ends
"And you already know. Yes you Aaaaaaalready know, how this will end."
|18||Godspeed You Black Emperor|
The Dead Flag Blues
That monologue, that violin. Creep, beautiful, everything.
|19||Do Make Say Think|
Their older stuff isn't my favourite, but this song is sweepingly cinematic and atypical beautiful for a band who take a more fun approach to post-rock then most other bands.
The reverb drenched and backwords guitar bring a soft ambient undertone to a sad story of love from a Canadian immigrant
|21||Sun Kil Moon|
The guitar work is great and the vocal melody is among Kozelek's best.
So this is pretty cliche, but it's still a great song. It's also really fun and easy (unlike most of Joel's work) to play on piano.
Especially the second half with the echoing drums.
the vocal melody in the first half is equal parts catchy and depressing.
For very personal reasons, but even if I didn't have those reasons, this would still be a perfect fit to round out the list.