Friday, June 15, 2012

Chloe Dancer

This week's edition of Retro Friday features the band  Mother Love Bone, and the song "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns."

"Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" is a song by the Seattle based rock band Mother Love Bone. The song is the fourth track on the band's debut album, Shine (1989). "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" is actually two songs sequenced together. "Crown of Thorns" is found by itself on the band's sole studio album, Apple (1990). "Chloe Dancer" was not released as a stand alone track.

"Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" is considered one of Mother Love Bone's best songs. Jason Josephes of Pitchfork Media described it as "one astoundingly great song." Steven Rosen of The Denver Post referred to the song as "trancelike epic." Spencer Patterson of the Las Vegas Sun comments that the song is "fantastically melancholy." Essi Berelian of the Rough Music Guide writes that it is "beautifully swirling." The Salt Lake Tribune found the song "eerie" and praised Mother Love Bone vocalist Andrew Wood's "powerful and emotive voice." The song was included by Rolling Stone in their list of "The Fifty Best Songs Over Seven Minutes Long".

The song was featured in director Cameron Crowe's 1989 film, Say Anything, however it was not included on the film's soundtrack. The song is also featured on the soundtrack for another one of Crowe's films, the  1992 film Singles (which is one of my all time favorite films as far as sound tracks go). It was also featured in the One Tree Hill episode "Pictures of You" in 2007 and can be found on The Road Mix: Music from the Television Series One Tree Hill, Volume 3.

I absolutely love this song. First of all, it was one of the songs on the standard play list for the band that we were "band-aids" for on college. Second of all, the song tells a beautiful/erie song that tells a story of love, life, and the struggles that one faces along the journey. I'm not really sure why I like this song so much, but the lyrics and sound are all pretty amazing.

Okay, without any more rambling, here it is for your listening pleasure, "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns."


1 comment:

  1. Interesting band, and a great song choice for your Retro Friday blog this week.

    Thanks for introducing me to Mother Love Bone.