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“Oh! Would you like to pick out the outfit that you break up with me in!?”

Anyone seen that movie High Fidelity? Ever made a soundtrack to one of your break-ups? Ever felt you could describe a specific breakup with a few tracks or an album? I find this quote from John Cusack’s character to be quite fitting:

“What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”

I mean have you ever had that gut wrenching feeling inside when someone has hurt you? Ever wanted to put on some kind of album that matched the horrible feeling that you were experiencing?

“Why won’t she call???” – Don’t worry John Cusack, you were great in Being John Malkovich

Or…. did you put on something that contrasted the feeling, that helped take your mind away from the ordeal?

“One question: do you need… someone, or do you need me?… Forget it, I don’t really care”

Be it to complement the anguish or to oppose it. Hmm what musical acts come to mind….Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, The Cure, The Smiths, Cat Power, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens……I could do this all day…

Here at Tastebuds we came up with our own 5 album and 5 track list. Tell us what you think.

Break-Up Albums

1. Elliott Smith – XO

The 4th album by singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, as with most Elliott Smith’s albums, XO is a great introspective view into Elliott Smith’s emotional despair and solitude, as expressed via 14 great tracks. Loss and Grief are recurring themes throughout the album. Lyrically, Smith creates an atmosphere of wistfulness that is poignant, leaving a bittersweet taste of love ad reflection.

Waltz #2 by Elliot Smith


2. American Football – American Football

Debut, and one and only full length album by mid-west Indie/Emo band American Football. This band that can make an entire CD that makes you feel that each song was meant for you personally. The music of the album is mesmerizing, coupled with absolutely soothing but just plain mournful lyrics. A relaxing album that flows perfectly and creates such a contrast of its obvious allusion to painful memories.

You Know I Should Be Leaving Soon by American Football


3. Blur – 13

The easy-going 6th album of Brit-pop band Blur was an expansion for the band in a step away from their more ‘pop’ sounds towards a more experimental and nostalgic tone. Motivated by lead-singer Albarn’s break-up with Justine Frischmann; 13 is an unmistakably heartfelt. Blur’s mixing of electronic and acoustic elements in sleek harmony allows for some pondering.

No Distance Left To Run by Blur


4. Noah and the Whale – The First Days of Spring

Second Album by English indie folk band Noah and the Whale, this album is pretty much a running chronicle of lead singer Charlie Fink and former member Laura Marling’s break-up. Not only was it a personal loss for the lead singer but also a professional loss as this lead to Marling’s departure from the band. This folksy melancholic album highlights the bands vulnerability after the split, using music as their medium to to present their sentiments.

Blue Skies by Noah and the Whale


5. Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks

The songs that make up Blood on the Tracks are seen by most Dylan biographers as having been inspired by his personal turmoil at the time, particularly his separation from his then-wife Sarah Dylan.

Idiot Wind by Bob Dylan


Naturally we also thought of some quintessential break-up tracks for your listening pleasure. We here at Tastebuds realize that dealing with a break-up by listening to depressing songs that remind us of the painful memories does not make logical sense. But hey, sometimes its just the mood we want to remain in…right?

Break-Up Songs

1. American Football – Never Meant

2. Sam Cooke – Bring It on Home To Me

3. The Magnetic Fields – I Don’t Wanna Get Over You

4. The Beatles – Anna

5. Smokey Robinson – Tracks of my Tears

Let us know what your top break-up albums or tracks are, and if you want tell us why. Sharemyplaylists.com have some interesting break-up playlists shared by their users. If you use Spotify and have your own break-up playlist, then share it on our Facebook page. Or get involved in the conversation on our forums.