Song of the Day #3,233: ‘Never Ending’ – Rihanna vs. Spoon

I can’t see much overlap between the Barbadian R&B singer Rihanna and the Austin-based indie rock band Spoon, making this one of the oddest decisions yet in the first round of Montauk Madness.

Rihanna is one of the most commercially successful musical artists in history (she recently passed Elvis as the top-selling solo act of all time) and has received quite a bit of critical acclaim as well, especially in recent years. Spoon is a critics’ darling without the sales and notoriety.

I like both of these artists quite a bit, but it’s hard to vote against Rihanna, both as a nod to her cultural domination and an acknowledgement of her excellent, boundary-pushing music.

 

[Intro]
Oooohhhh
Ohhhhhh

[Verse 1]
Ghost in the mirror
I knew your face once, but now it’s unclear
And I can’t feel my body now
I separate from here and now

[Break]
Ooooohhhh
Oooohhhhh

[Verse 2]
A drug and a dream
A lost connection, oh, come back to me
So I can feel alive again
As soul and body try to mend

[Chorus]
It’s pulling me apart, this time
Everything is never-ending
I slipped into a parallel
They’ll never understand
This feeling always gets away
Wishing I could hold on longer
Why does it have to feel so strange
To be in love again, be in love again, be in love again?

[Verse 3]
Ghost in the mirror
I knew your face once, but now it’s unclear
And I can’t feel my body now
I separate from here and now

[Break]
Oooohhhhh
Oooohhhhh
Oooohhhhh
Oooohhhhh

[Chorus]
It’s pulling me apart, this time
Everything is never-ending
I slipped into a parallel
They’ll never understand
This feeling always gets away
Wishing I could hold on longer
Why does it have to feel so strange
To be in love again, be in love again, be in love again?

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,233: ‘Never Ending’ – Rihanna vs. Spoon

  1. Dana says:

    Admittedly, I am far more familiar with Rihanna than Spoon. Early on, I was one of Rihanna’s detractors. I found her singing, particularly live, was less than stellar and some of her early hits a bit annoying. However, she has developed and strengthened in voice and diversified in style. I’m not sure I would call myself a fan, but I like and appreciate her enough at this point to give her my vote here.

  2. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    I had to go with Rihanna on this one. She brings a unique style and swagger to the mainstream and though I loved the Spoon album you recommended for me “They Want My Soul”, I think overall Rihanna’s discography is more impressive .

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