So I finally get to have my own 3 Of The Week feature. There are so many topics I could talk about so it was kind of hard to pick one, but in the end I decided to go with my favorite album closers. To me, more often than not, if an album ends with a subpar track then chances are I’m going to remember the album as being, well, subpar. Some bands will, however, give a complete experience, building it all up to the ending, which makes listening to a record that much more satisfying.
So here are my 3 favorite album closers, and bear with me, this is my first 3 Of The Week.
1. “Cut! Print It” – The Starting Line
What better way to end an album like Based On a True Story than with a song about closure? In “Cut! Print It” The Starting Line frontman Kenny Vasoli sings “Cause this is closure once and for all/Oh this has to stop right now/Cause I’ve been running for my life/And you could never catch me now”, and I really can’t think of more fitting lyrics for an album closer. Based On a True Story is by all means an angry and jaded record, but “Cut! Print It” has some of the album’s angriest lyrics. The emotion is definitely felt as Vasoli sings “So I guess I’ll just get going, I’ve got better topics now/And I’m off to find some pages to write all of them down/Because these ones have been dirtied by the mentioning of you/ And you know I wouldn’t say I hate you if it wasn’t true”. Along with the gorgeous keyboard work and a catchy clap hook “Cut! Print It” is a fitting end to this jewel of a pop-punk record.
2. “(*Fin)” – Anberlin
Calling Anberlin’s third album Cities ambitious would be an understatement. With Cities Anberlin went all out, yet they saved the best for last with the album’s closer “(*Fin)”, in which frontman Stephen Christian puts his religious struggles out for everyone to hear as he reprises his role as “the patron saint of lost causes”. At eight minutes and fifty-three seconds long there is absolutely no moment in “(*Fin)” that is unnecessary, from Nate Young’s powerful drums, to the beautiful acoustic guitars that suddenly thunder into what is arguably the most cathartic moment of Cities. However it’s right at the moment when the children’s choir comes in singing “Patron Saint, are we all lost like you?” that it’s 100% percent evident that Cities is Anberlin’s magnum opus.
3. “Motion Picture Soundtrack” – Radiohead
How do you close one of rock’s most phenomenal and groundbreaking albums? The answer is with one the most gorgeous songs ever written. “Motion Picture Soundtrack” has the task of following 9 incredible tracks, yet it does it so well. Thom Yorke’s voice is wonderfully carried by divine keyboards and dreamlike auxiliary, as he sings “I will see you in the next life”. “Motion Picture Soundtrack” is one of the few songs that I believe everyone should love, and I would never comprehend why anyone would not. Much like the rest of Kid A, “Motion Picture Soundtrack” is a song that can never be correctly put into words. All that is needed to understand it’s beauty is one listen, and there is no doubt you will fall in love.