6. "A New Arrangement"
Album: Every Day and Every Night Year Recorded: 1999
There are different kinds of sad songs. From ones that leave you flushed with nostalgia to those that make you want to hold up a lighter and sway back and forth, the different kinds of sad songs elicit different responses. "A New Arrangement" is one of the most extreme forms of a sad song. It's the kind of song that makes you want to grind your fucking teeth into little stubs. Conor's voice is at its most fragile, quivering on the edge of the breaking point while the backing music carries the track along like a casket in the back of a hearse.
Hearing the line, "You can't seem to fake or force a smile/Not even a little one" is almost physically painful, but it's a chilling reminder of exactly why Bright Eyes always gets called "emo" and why maybe that's not a bad thing.