In recent years the discussion surrounding "depressive" rock music have been whether the lyrical content is real or just made up. It's easy to sing about mundane every day life and make it sound real. But to write lyrics about extreme emotional situations and preserve the genuine feeling is harder. Thats why so many of todays "emo" bands are dismissed as a bunch of youngsters who like feeling sorry for themselves. I am, as any devout music fan should be, concerned about lyrics being, and even more importantly, feeling genuine. But with Bedhead and especially their debut album WhatFunLifeWas I find my self not giving a shit. This album is my favorite album of all time. Not because I feel with the singer when he tells stories not wanting to get out of bed in the morning. Not because I see his anguish as genuin and affecting. But because the music in it self is just brilliant. The chord progessions and melodies are easily the best Ive ever heard.
"Liferaft" and "Haywire" start out innocently enough, luring the listener into a false sense of comfort and security. Two pretty standard, yet very good, alternative rock songs. Then comes the first big body slam, "Bedside Table". This is where the bands main strength starts to shine through. The melodies are intricate and beautiful. Next song "The Unpredictable Landlord" continues in the same vein but it's somehow even more skillfully executed. This song is a serious masterpiece. The following song "Crushing" is one of the least rewarding songs on the album but it works well as a pause in the musical intensity of the surrounding tracks. It is followed by "Unfinished" which is without a doubt the most beautiful song on the album. The track starts out with a strange and almost creepy melody and the first time I heard it I found myself thinking that the first couple of songs were probably a lucky streak and that it would go downward from now on. But boy was I wrong. The melody that hits after the two first verses, an intrumental chorus if you will, is perfect. There is no other word for it, simply perfect in its every note. After this comes another breather "Powder", 7 minutes of building towards a climax that never comes. A good song, but minor in its context. What follows is perhaps the best streak of songs since the last three tracks on Neil Youngs "Harvest". "Foaming Love" "To The Ground" "Living Well" and finally "Wind Down". To describe these four songs in detail would take another whole review. I will stick to descibing the closing song "Wind Down". This is the best song of the album and it sums up every ingredient that made Bedhead a great and unique band. It starts out calmly with the usual mumbled, almost inaudible, lyrics. But then after the first two verses it takes off ground and soars toward the most unpossibly monumental riff and climax. Like I said before, I don't know or care if the lyrical content of this album is genuine or not. It's the combination of those three guitar melodies that make this record a masterpiece, and I simply love it.