Rilo Kiley - "Does He Love You?"
No one writing today captures heartbreak and the pain of
failed relationships from a female perspective better than Rilo Kiley’s Jenny
Lewis. “Does He Love You?” is an all-too-realistic tale recounting the fallout
from an extramarital affair.
Langhorne Slim - "Hummingbird"
This Langhorne Slim tune is one of the most insightful, real
songs about a breakup and the soul-searching and taking stock that follows.
Slim’s voice cuts like a saw, the dust of his former relationship piling up at
his feet as he coaxes hard-won truths from his guitar.
Ween - "I’ll Miss You"
From a hilarious band concerned primarily with taking this
piss out of rock ’n’ roll and countless other genres by taking their respective
clichés to absurdist extremes, the hushed, simple sincerity of this song
is—likely the band’s most serious—is breathtaking. The hard to find “I’ll Miss
You” (unavailable on iTunes and released only on the Beautiful Girls soundtrack
CD) aches in a tangible way—the harmony vocals every bit as unironically
sorrowful as the pedal steel, which drips over the song like tears streaming
from bloodshot eyes down reddened cheeks.