Imagine you’re playing a game of pop/rock Top Trumps.
And imagine your pop/rock star scores high on the ‘Slurred vocals and lyrics of (‘For lovers’ era) Pete Docherty’ Skill. And imagine they also impressively high for the ‘Jeff Buckley/ falsetto vocal delivery’ and ‘Smacked out, dark yet peaceful, delivery of Scott Weiland’ Skills.
Now imagine that your pop/rock star is produced in the ‘Josh Homme’s deep bass, rock, choruses bookended by gentle rock electronic verses’ style.
And now you can stop imagining; what you hear is Us and Them, a four-and-a-half-minute tour de force trip around the darker edges of rock, where angry choruses are counterpointed with heartbroken verses and a devastated central character.
Dark with a soft heart.