I honestly can’t get enough of Lostprophets’ Can’t Get Enough off of their 2012 album, Weapons. Incredible.
Upon hearing it quite a few times, the opening, while it sounds a bit haunting (and awesome, might I add), reminds me of tracks from the band’s second album, Start Something. That album heavily used orchestra to make the music ‘sound harder,’ as well as had instrumental intros which featured electronic mixing. (Refer to Make A Move and Sway, two key examples off of Start Something.)
Swiftly moving on…let’s talk about Can’t Get Enough.
This song describes a lot of emotions. I feel the lead singer, Ian Watkins, harbors a bit of a grudge. It’s a song about himself to himself, but also, I feel the lyrics are words of caution to his…how do you say…ah..yes, “haters.” He seems to have a great amount of disdain (“hate,” if you will) towards the ones who have either wronged, mistreated, and, even perhaps, misunderstood him. Despite these individuals’ possible jealousy and strong dislike of the path he has taken (which the exact road is unknown to the listener), Watkins alludes he will still stay on his path and not back down. Further, though, this “hate” (perhaps disguised as anger) he just can’t get enough (pun intended) of is something he keeps inside. Perhaps these feelings are the “fuel to his fire,” as it helps him continue to stay on his path…but I also think there could be a different meaning.
He may not necessarily want to have this grudge - Watkins repeatedly states he still “needs it,”….this anger is something he cannot let go of.
Questions still remain though…why does he still feel he needs to continue feeling this way? Is it because he is still angry at the way things worked out in his past and how he was treated? Or, perhaps, let’s look at it from another perspective.
Maybe he is upset at himself. Maybe he realized he should not have done what he had done in the past…maybe he had let go or shrugged off emotions and incidents one too many times…and, now, this is payback to himself to continue feeling angry….and he needs to continue feeling this way as it helps him hold his own in order to not let anyone walk all over him again. Maybe, as well, he still needs to feel this way, because, well, if he didn’t…he would not be able to be who he is and would fall apart.
Hmmm…interesting. I feel like this song is a great song for anyone going through a difficult time or has felt wronged and/or mistreated by anyone they care about and/or who cares about them. If you think about it, the content of the song also greatly deals with communications and possible psychological concepts. Perhaps, this ‘hate’ is the lead singer’s coping and/or defense mechanism…it’s a wall from protection from those who have done him wrong.
I, of course, am just interpreting the song the way I hear it, others, and of course, Watkins, himself, has differing views. This song may not even be in the first person but it could just be a general song that is purely fictional.
Despite what the exact contents of the song is about, like with primarily all the music I post, it has a lot of powerful concepts in it, as noted above. I would recommend this track to anyone who’s a fan of Lostprophets, who likes UK (specifically Welsh) rock, intellectual rock (rock music that makes you think!:), and/or is a fan of songs with heavy emotions. These emotions in this song seem to be a mix of positive and negative, but regardless, I really enjoy it. I think a lot of people who have felt they should have acted differently ('for the times, I never walked away'), in a particular situation or situations could relate. Also, this song can be helpful to those who also hold this kind of anger inside of them.
While, I don’t promote grudges of any kind (eventually, I think, you need to let it go and come to that realization that no one’s perfect. However, it’s easier said than done!), this song is fun, catchy, and full of meaning.
Further, it is very reminiscent of the band’s previous work as seen on Start Something but lyrically, it reminds me of the lyrics from the band’s 2010 album, The Betrayed. That album was actually primarily all autobiographical to Ian Watkins, lyrically, and I feel this song is a continuation of his ‘dark’ personality which was seen very heavily on that album. (However, as I mentioned above, these are just my thoughts..as Radiohead said, I Might Be Wrong)!
Lastly, I’d also recommend this song to folks who may not like traditional rock music but music with a slight twist (note the introduction and the orchestra in some parts of the song, as well as the ‘heaviness’ of it…it’s not a light pop song.)
Overall, it’s a powerful track and I’d suggest you all to listen. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments.