The perfect line “Nothing you confess could make me love you less” captures true love more accurately than a thousand promises of wedding bells and candles. “Kiss From A Rose” still gives me chills, no matter how many times I’ve drunkenly yelled that “Bay-bay!” perfectly translating the dizzy-headed feeling of desire into dreamy folk.Despite its jangly popness, the song feels intimate and full of love, though these days I have to wonder about the wisdom of falling back into a relationship with a guy who says, “I always knew you’d take me back.” But, you know, when you’re young and idealistic, the makeup sex that goes along with refrains like these is heady and full of flowers.— Listen: The Jesus & Mary Chain with Hope Sandoval, “Sometimes Always” 24.
The song is a bolero, and the lyrics are about devotion, after all.Jawbreaker, “Chesterfield King” (1991) ### Blake Schwarzenbach was the Charles Bukowski of early ’90s alternative.Gruff-voiced but tender, he was unashamed to sing of “Killin’ cops and readin’ Kerouac” and his feelings side by side. Anchored by the band’s impossibly deep groove, “Higher” shows why gospel and R&B are as inextricably linked as church and sex: they’re both transcendent, but firmly in the here and now — exactly how you want falling in love to be. Smashing Pumpkins, “Luna” (1993) ### For suburban kids hitting their stride during the Clinton years, there weren’t very many love songs to choose from.Some of it is just really dumb.” But that candor only makes their earnest tenderness more affecting, when they sing, “I love it when you read to me, and you can read me anything.” Bonus points for making reading romantic. Depeche Mode, “Enjoy the Silence” (1990) ### “Enjoy The Silence” could be interpreted as sulky, complaining that words only screw things up in a relationship.But I like to think that it’s more about finding someone whose company you can enjoy without needing to chatter.