19. "A Perfect Sonnet"
Album: Every Day and Every Night Year Recorded: 1999
A lot of Bright Eyes songs swell with a suspenseful uneasiness like a building wave flirting with its cresting point. From the beginning of "A Perfect Sonnet," you can tell it's going to be one of those songs. That acoustic guitar isn't fooling anyone—this song is getting ready to explode, and it does just that. With a short fuse, the track blows up into a tense, unhinged chorus that only gets more severe the deeper you get into the song.