Blue and Broke – “Was it Worth It”

“Was It Worth It” is a memorable track from Belgium-based band Blue and Broke, and their third full-length album, Night Shadows. Melissa Anthuenis’ vocals are entrancing and suavely effective, relaying the story of Thérèse Levasseur, whose husband — Jean-Jacques Rousseau — forced her to put their five newborn children up for adoption (while simultaneously describing in the influential book ‘Emile’ how education should be child-centered). Anthuenis’ repetition of children’s names over dramatic piano and growling guitars makes for an especially effective series of events, driving to an emotional conclusion. The organs, guitars, and vocals combine for a sweltering, authentically emotive effect.

“We just wanted to write and records real songs, played by real people on real instruments,” the band writes. “The song always takes the lead, making this album both so diverse and rich. The songs are inspired by the work of a.o. Edward Hopper, Vivian Mayer and Roberta Flack.”

“Was it Worth It” and other memorable tracks from May 2021 can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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