As I glance up at the bright red numbers emitting from my alarm clock, I sigh as it reads one am. Curled up in my blanket, sleepless and isolated, I slip into many hours of questioning the universe, life, and my choices that have led me to this point. I stare into the abyss of self-reflection and ponder why I am once again alone. I’m not too fond of the void. Which is why when Alone Again came crashing into my inbox, I did a little dab. Finally, someone understands my pain!
The track opens with some finger clicking, so I put my collar up and shades on, and copied the musician like a shameless clone. The jazz-esque, piano-led instrumentation is illuminating and encapsulating, meshing with the vocals to perfection. Standing at two minutes and forty-three seconds, Alone Again feels like it’s over prematurely, leaving a bittersweet feeling that demands more. So I hit replay.
This time, I’m concentrating on the lyrics. They speak of regret and guilt, of a love lost due to several negative factors, all of them appearing to be the fault of the singer. Expressing remorse over things that were said and done in a relationship strikes a chord with me, as I’m sure it does with many listeners. We are all incredibly familiar with the feeling of sitting down after heated words and tears shed, pondering what the hell just happened. Where did it all go so wrong? On Alone Again, Slow King attempts to analyse and identify these moments that have led him to his current predicament. Though it resulted in the possible breakdown of a relationship, it gave birth to a fantastic song. So selfishly, am I glad that he had to go through that? I really like the track. Let’s leave it at that.
Anyway, Alone Again is out tomorrow. I sincerely hope if you’re reading this, you’re not in the situation this song presents. And if you are, at least you still have your cat.