Track of the Day: 'Once and For All'

By Brendan Hasenstab

Past TracksSo much of today's electronic pop may be good at a party, or to dull the pain of the morning commute, but it is largely chilly at its core. Not many artists pour their hearts out in a bold, powerful pop song the way Guy Connelly and crew do here. Simply put, Clock Opera has delivered the type of heart-bursting, Technicolor-sing-along that earned U2 its fame.

And don't simply take my word for it; Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn called this track "life-changingly good" in a recent tweet.

Yes, the chopped-and-looped samples are there, but the heart of this song is so big, so vibrant, that the experimental aspects of the music essentially evaporate. The stirring melody and delicious chorus do all the work.

What's it about? I'd say it starts with the ache of hitting a certain age and realizing you may have lost your way. "When did we forget what we knew/When did we grow up and when did we lose/Everything we were so sure of back then/How do we know it won't happen again?," Connelly wails.

But despite these doubts, he's not giving up. Not at all. The balance of the track is a stirring ode to carving your own path.

If you like this track, please do me one favor and check out the sublime, stripped down remix that Clive Tanaka has done. Where other producers would add layer upon layer, Tanaka strips this tune to its ethereal essence.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2010/11/track-of-the-day-once-and-for-all/67106/ 01 Once And For All (Original 2010) by clockopera


On iTunes: All Clock Opera / "Once and For All"

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