By Tim Duffy
I have been considering this post since we launched this site 2 weeks ago. Nearly every day since I have spent some time pouring over David Comes To Life, the epic new album from Canada’s Fucked Up, and easily the front runner for album of the year. It is a rock opera in every sense. It is also the most ambitious “hard-core” record and certainly the most ambitious piece of punk rock to be made in years.
The record, which comes out on Matador Records tomorrow, is a monolithic beast. An eighteen tracked behemoth, David tells the story of a guy who lived in a working class town in the UK in the late 70′s. While working at a light-bulb factory he murders a girl, who he just met and fell in love with. The story seems unobtainable on first listen, but after a few weeks of immersion it comes together. So when a beast is this good, this cohesive and this amazing how do I pin point the song that you should use as an entry point?
“Queen of Hearts” is the growling second track and the first with vocals. In it the album’s protagonist meets the girl he falls in love with and will eventually kill. It’s immense and heart felt, fiery and touching. It is the best way to get yourself ready for the rest of the records eighty minutes.
If you have ever liked a rock song, this record should be on your iPod immediately. Pay for the damn thing too why don’tcha?!
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