Talk:Upside Down Frown

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Wow, this sounds like a drum 'n bass song.. and I like it! weird :)

Ack! Why the 1-star votes!? —Gena 01:43, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

Rich voted for the song before he heard it (just basing his vote off the title), and Liam voted every song on the album a 1. I consider both void votes. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 01:56, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

Anyone else think this song sounds like a cross between Love Is Eternity and Unrelated Thing? Spiraling Shape 21:47, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Definitely agree on Unrelated Thing-- and some album reviewer said it reminded him of Save Your Life, which I can also see. [Edit:] Renew My Subscription too.~ magbatz 21:57, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
For some reason, I'm reminded of a cross between Bangs and Finished With Lies. On another note, I love that Flans sings harmony - there seem to be so few songs where Flans sings back-up to Linnell's lead, whereas Linnell is all over Flansy's songs, e.g. Memo To Human Resources, where Linnell's harmony annoys me for some reason. Mucket 04:09, 16 July 2007 (UTC)

I believe a bearded rainbow was also mentioned in (She Was A) Hotel Detective In The Future. Is that some sort of inside joke? Akagi 22:40, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

I also immediately thought of SWLABR when I heard the bearded rainbow line, but I wonder if anyone has confirmation that it descends direct ly -- sometimes when you see what looks like an homage or quotation it can turn out that both are referring to a common original source. Confirmation one way or another would be appreciated. 18:18, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

Linnell's Difficulty at writing autobiographical songs.'

A very non-Linnell type song, almost They Might be Giants having a go at sounding like Wings (production aside - more of that later). I think Linnell is attempting a more or less conventional love song. Unusually, it's lyrically weak, the upside down frown, is a tired image and the "Black is white, and the rainbow has a beard" is a awful line that the usually fastidious Linnell would not normally let pass. One might argue that Linnell is satarising the cliches people use to express love and attachment, but I think it's just a weak lyric. Also unusual is the production/arrangement of the song, Linnell's intial verse to a sparse background leaves him very exposed and all the way through the song he sounds both lyrically and vocally uncomfortable about being so open about his feelings. One suspects that Flans has helped his partner with a bright and breesy chorus but Linnell sounds embarassed by the whole thing and does not convince. Flans, far more open about singing about love and his feeling, would probably have been a better choice of singing lead on this song. Banal lyrics can be transcended if the singer really sounds convinced by their emotions (see pop music in general) but Linnell, fails on this clunky little song. Compare his unsure vocal on this track to more emotionally neutral songs like "Thermostat" or "Metal Detector" where he really convinces.(Mr Tuck)