Never Thought I'd See The Day

by THE SCHOOL

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Yes, they’re back. Liz and her bandmates from Cardiff are back, after “Loveless Unebeliever” was released in dozens of countries all over the world, and was a huge success with both the critics and the public. A little while ago, even Molly Ringwald, the actress from movies like “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink”, declared herself to be a fan of the group.

And, for opening our mouths, we get this marvelous single as a preview for their imminent album, “Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything”. And this return is marked by a collection of songs even more impeccable than their acclaimed debut. The production is even more careful, the palette of emotions opens like a rainbow through a window wet with raindrops. The elegance, the melancholy and their oh-so-personal joie de vivre all shine with unusual brightness. As an example of all this, we have the two A sides that make up this first pre-release, and which will be included on the album.

“Never Thought I'd See The Day” creates that Scottish sound that is so full of energy and vitality, with echoes of the best BELLE & SEBASTIAN, with their usual lyrics about falling out of love and discontent, but topped with sweeping moments of the brightest hope. On the other hand, “Where Does Your Heart Belong?” takes up the tradition of the girl groups from the 60s in the best way possible, with one tremendous, solid, perfect song that even brings to mind THE SUPREMES but with details like that piano and that lone trumpet that evoke the elegance of Burt Bacharach. Is it one of the best songs that THE SCHOOL has written? Is it one of the most perfect songs in the style of the sixties? Only time will tell.

To make it really irresistible, there are two delicious covers that won’t be on the album. First, there is “When He Kisses Me” by Jonathan Richman (changed, logically, to the female subject) that the Welsh crew bring into their own territory, evoking the female greats of pop like Nancy Sinatra and Petula Clark. Second, there is “I Wouldn’t Know What To Do” by THE HONEYDRIPS, which, on this occasion, they slow down and turn into an intimate revisioning, barer and tighter.

This is an appetizer that is good enough to be a delicacy, cooked by David Wrench (BRITISH SEA POWER, Euros Childs, BAT FOR LASHES, Beth Orton, James Yorkston, FANFARLO, CARIBOU, EVERYTHING EVERYTHING, HERMAN DÜNE). It makes us think of a gargantuan feast, which will arrive soon, when we can get our hands on “Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything”.

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released March 26, 2012

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Track Name: Never Thought I'd See The Day
Oh here they come
Those feelings that I've dreamed of now for so long
You stop my heart and make my head spin around
I never thought I'd see the day or hear the sound
Of your voice calling my name

Oh there they go
Those feelings I'd held onto now for so long
They take my breath and keep my feet on the ground
I was always waiting for the day to come around
That I'd be holding your hand

It's always been you and me
It's always been me and you
It's always been you and me
It's always been
Track Name: When He Kisses Me
Well he was born in the Winter
Where the sun shines so pale
Whereas I was born in the Spring
In case you can’t tell, in case you can’t tell

But when he kisses me
That’s when the maple tree meets the honey bee
When he kisses me
When he kisses me

Well they don’t last long and they’re not hot
And they’re not the wettest kisses I’ve ever got
I open my eyes and where is he?
He still don’t know what he does to me

And when he kisses me I still react
My eyes stay closed long after the fact
When he kisses me
When he kisses me

Well I swoon and I lean cos I can’t stand erect
He thinks I’m leaning just for special effect
I swoon and I lean cos I’m so delighted
When he kisses me I’m still excited

And when he kisses me I feel ecstatic
He thinks it’s me being overdramatic
When he kisses me
When he kisses
Track Name: Where Does Your Heart Belong?
Baby how did we go wrong?
You treat me so bad that I can’t stay
They tell me to be strong
But baby where does your heart belong?

You know I need you a bit more every day
You’re the only one that I adore
They tell me keep holding on
But baby where does your heart belong?

And you know I’m never gonna leave you
Or mistreat you
Even though I should be out the door
Baby believe me
No deceiving
I don’t wanna end up all alone
Track Name: I Wouldn't Know What To Do
For a week or two, I've been dreaming about you
And your lovely smile, your red cheeks and your lovehandles too

Oh, fifteen minutes with you
Or ten minutes with you
Or five minutes with you
I wouldn't know what to do

I had never dreamed of me and you as lovers entwined
I had never dreamed of me and you as the lucky two

But fifteen minutes with you
Or ten minutes with you
Or five minutes with you
I wouldn't know what to do

If it's the last thing I ever do, I'm gonna get you
If it's the last thing I ever do, I’m gonna get you

But fifteen minutes with you
Or ten minutes with you
Or five minutes with you
I wouldn't know what to do