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Broken Bells — Leave It Alone
Album: After The Disco
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Released: 2014
Length: 5:26
Plays (last 30 days): 1
All this time
I'd never let you go
And now the same chains that I kept you in
They're holding down my soul
I set you up, I gave you life, I dragged you out the fire
And now you knocked me down, and you shut me out,
And I can see it in your eyes

Somehow you got it in your head
That you can make it on your own
You were sheltered, loved, and fed
But you just couldn't leave it alone

Leave it alone, leave it alone
Leave it alone, leave it alone
Leave it alone, leave it alone
Leave it alone, leave it alone

Well your heart was here
Resting on my lap
And I'd do it all again
But I'm never coming back
Well I know I'm lying
Lying in the cold
Yeah, there's snow on the ground, and if I know myself
I'll be leaving down the road

I've been all around the world
But I got nowhere to go
I gave into this lonely life
And you can't change me now, so leave it alone

Leave it alone, leave it alone
Leave it alone, leave it alone
Leave it alone, leave it alone
Leave it alone, leave it alone

The ghosts are on the green
Each and every night
Oh, the distant light
That's the hardest part to take
That's the heart of all my pain
Lying in the cold
Oh, the distant light
In a hue we can't describe, still we know

Could it all be over now
We've seen it all the while
There's no dimension to the clouds
The moon and world around
That's the heart of all my pain
Cause I don't want to go
Oh, the distant light
In a hue we can't describe, still we know
Comments (68)add comment
 eileenomurphy wrote:


You bet! ...and, he just did it again today!
 
AND Again today! 
 fedtho wrote:
Posted 3 years ago by ai63:

This has become a classroom of learning new music........thank you RP! Very much like opening that book, way back when, that took you away....

Posted 4 years ago by jimtyrrell:

Why are RP commentators sooo worried about this one sounding like that one? It's only rock and roll not rocket science.
I love them all. RP, more diversity, please, the natives are restless. 7

number7 wrote:

Wow, what a great song to hear after Close to the Edge.

You are the best Bill!



You bet! ...and, he just did it again today!

____________

Wow. Early morning. Liking this, looking at three enthusiastic and positive comments.
I feel good, thank you guys - that is the spirit.
I agree about RP being a waterfall of new music, about pointing out similarities being fascinating at long as it's not in a competitive way - and about the seague to Yes being wonderfully obvious 👍🏼
 
Great post! Thanks, so true.
Posted 3 years ago by ai63:

This has become a classroom of learning new music........thank you RP! Very much like opening that book, way back when, that took you away....

Posted 4 years ago by jimtyrrell:

Why are RP commentators sooo worried about this one sounding like that one? It's only rock and roll not rocket science.
I love them all. RP, more diversity, please, the natives are restless. 7

number7 wrote:

Wow, what a great song to hear after Close to the Edge.

You are the best Bill!



You bet! ...and, he just did it again today!

____________

Wow. Early morning. Liking this, looking at three enthusiastic and positive comments.
I feel good, thank you guys - that is the spirit.
I agree about RP being a waterfall of new music, about pointing out similarities being fascinating at long as it's not in a competitive way - and about the seague to Yes being wonderfully obvious 👍🏼
I got this album right after it came out - I've never seen that cover. This is the one I have.


At first I thought it was the black keys 
Unfortunately the bass is not very good. 
 number7 wrote:
Wow, what a great song to hear after Close to the Edge. 
You are the best Bill!
 

You bet! ...and, he just did it again today!
 noe.architecte169 wrote:
A new Black Keys ??
 
Sounds like it eh?
 vinylbob wrote:
Great song.  Entire LP is excellent.  
 

Indeed it is, so is the song name, the and the album name.
Wow, what a great song to hear after Close to the Edge. 
You are the best Bill!
A new Black Keys ??
 thewiseking wrote:
Pseudo Soul=Hipster Crap
Derivative AF, like the Auerbach stuff
 
Dude it's 2019.  All music is derivative at this point.
Just bumped from a 8 to a 9 - because the sun was shining when this came on !!
 thewiseking wrote:
Pseudo Soul=Hipster Crap
Derivative AF, like the Auerbach stuff
 
Incisive. That's why I only gave it an 8.
Pseudo Soul=Hipster Crap
Derivative AF, like the Auerbach stuff
 coloradojohn wrote:
Good catch! The atmospheric production, even the way Mercer's voice is used on this, strongly echoes this stellar (and scathing) work!
 
Well, to be honest, I was just showing the similarity in the cover artwork, but now that you mention it, there is some similarity in the music as well.
Cheers, cj.
This has become a classroom of learning new music........thank you RP!  Very much like opening that book, way back when, that took you away....
... eu amo música!
Good catch! The atmospheric production, even the way Mercer's voice is used on this, strongly echoes this stellar (and scathing) work!
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On_The_Beach wrote:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e0/David_%2B_David_-_Boomtown.jpg
 


 scrubbrush wrote:


I don't hear that at all. I mean, not even a distant relation.

 
They're at least a second cousin once removed.
Following The Black Keys? That is sheer torture.
 Proclivities wrote:

The Black Keys hardly have an original sound, and this sounds very little like them, to me.

 
Have to agree there, Proc.
I'd like to dedicate this to my girlfriend Debbie who needs to hear this after we have a disagreement! lol
Sounds a lot like The Black Keys. And sounds almost as bad as The Black Keys.
Mama likey!
 jimtyrrell wrote:
Why are RP commentators sooo worried about this one sounding like that one? It's only rock and roll not rocket science. 
I love them all. RP, more diversity, please, the natives are restless. 7 

 It's not worry, it's interest.
This is a great song. Never heard of these guys...


Why are RP commentators sooo worried about this one sounding like that one? It's only rock and roll not rocket science. 
I love them all. RP, more diversity, please, the natives are restless. 7 
 gusthemonkey wrote:

A whiff of the Keys.... prolly the vocal treatment and tempo,  but deffo lacks the distorted guitar and driving bottom of BK's.  

Both are way good in my ear,  for sure! 
 
{#Yes}
Great song.  Entire LP is excellent.  
 Proclivities wrote:

The Black Keys hardly have an original sound, and this sounds very little like them.

 
A whiff of the Keys.... prolly the vocal treatment and tempo,  but deffo lacks the distorted guitar and driving bottom of BK's.  

Both are way good in my ear,  for sure! 
Bill - Can't you just leave this song alone? Really. Never to be heard again?
 dkrstic wrote:
Black Keys clones. Lame. 

 
The Black Keys hardly have an original sound, and this sounds very little like them, to me.
This song is pretty awesome.
This sounds totally lame and unworthy of RP play
Love it! Haunting and beautiful. Brilliant rhythm and meter.
This song sucks big time... annoying "leave it alone" background vocals... please leave us alone
 dkrstic wrote:
Black Keys clones. Lame. 

 

I don't hear that at all. I mean, not even a distant relation.
 pinem wrote:
Every time I hear this group I think it's Dawes playing; do they have the same lead singer? 

 

this is the singer (James Mercer?) from the Shins, I think.
Every time I hear this group I think it's Dawes playing; do they have the same lead singer? 
..if it sounds like great bands, then you judge by more than sounds (which are good, no?)..i like like the lyrics on top of it all..

..7 minimum!..maybe more..
 dkrstic wrote:
Black Keys clones. Lame. 

I loooove both of those BANDS ...and many other Indie rockers, but BB & BK do not sound anything alike to me..?;-/ 



Black Keys clones. Lame. 
Great song!
Thanks for the review!
Reporting back - the show was VERY tight, too much so for my taste.  It was like listening to the album.  The visuals were cool and fun to see Danger Mouse jumping from drums to guitar to keyboards.  No doubt James Mercer's singing is unbelievable and completely authentic and accurate.  With that said, I wish they had done some "improv" and some "jamming," but not at all sadly.  Worth seeing for sure if you're a fan.
Psyched - going to see them live day after tomorrow in Chicago! Can't wait.   ....and still have to say this new album does not measure up to the debut.  A few great standouts but overall not as solid IMHO.

Woof Woof!

 

So if this is live on a beautiful Friday afternoon, the question is: Who was at the door Bill?


 ray_killeen wrote:
Reminds me of the BlackKeys, kinda diggin this, worth the buy.
 
I honestly thought that this was off the latest BK album, and did a double-take when I looked at the song details. Sort of BK with the intelligence but minus the rocky crunchiness. Ver' nahce, though. 7 from the Nottingham jury.
Reminds me of the BlackKeys, kinda diggin this, worth the buy.
This feels like more of an incomplete idea than a complete song. I think Mercer benifits from the constraints of the 3-minute format more than other artists.  
 pinem wrote:
Voice sounds exactly like Dawes lead singer.

 
Funny, sounds more like the Shins lead singer.

:-)
Decent. Reminds me of Kate Bush for some reason in the beginning. 

Leave it alone or it will never heal...


Voice sounds exactly like Dawes lead singer.
 dig wrote:
Do all of their songs sound like a light weight Black Keys?

 

This one certainly does
 ezzyme wrote:
Wow. Quite the repetitive, whiny, song. How about something else by Broken Bells. Something with a little more variation in the song?

 
Leave it alone
 dig wrote:
Do all of their songs sound like a light weight Black Keys?

 
Well, there is a connection Danger Mouse is a frequent Keys collaborator and produced one of their albums.
Do all of their songs sound like a light weight Black Keys?
 Jelani wrote:
 That's what I thought.



 
Not too bad


Wow. Quite the repetitive, whiny, song. How about something else by Broken Bells. Something with a little more variation in the song?
{#Angel}{#Angel}{#Angel} .... "Outstanding" 
{#Meditate}
Most excellent ... 
Godlike!
It's a phenomenal album for those with some early 80s sound nostalgia. And the song craftmansship is also way up there. 
 MJMJ wrote:
Broken Black Bell Keys. Nice tune.

  That's what I thought.


Broken Black Bell Keys. Nice tune.
most excellent
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e0/David_%2B_David_-_Boomtown.jpg
Wow, a brand new song? Not bad, i like this band.