He mentioned that he felt that things were too heavy for him, and there was a lot of emotional baggage in his mind, and he needed to release it. He stood in solidarity with his fans, showing that he has been dealing with a lot of issues.
Hey again! It’s time for song reviews part 2! My friend told me about some empowering English songs for mental illness and/or depression. Here’s my pick!
Stand by You by Rachel Platten – This light, preppy hit song will light up your world, especially if you are having a bad day. Rachel Platten sings this song with conviction and power in her voice, and her light airy vocals are a joy to listen to. She affirms listeners that they are not alone, and she will stay by their side, even when the clouds are looming on the horizon and they are in a depressive spiral. This song sounds like a typical pop manufactured song, but it is actually quite catchy and meaningful. Rachel Platten has dealt with depression and setbacks as well, and this probably was the inspiration for this song. The phrase:”If your wings are broken, borrow mine so you can open too.”, seems to have references to The Butterfly Project, an anti-suicide and self-harm movement.
Welcome to My Life by Simple Plan – This song was the soundtrack of 90’s angsty teenagers who would probably listen to this song on full blast and walk around with a scowl on their face. It feels like a full blown rant, with references to ostracism and bullying. The lyrics struck a chord with me as they try to empathise with angsty teenagers around the world, as well as misfits who don’t fit in. The lead singer sings in a very loud tone to emphasize his feelings of hurt and worthlessness from bullying, and sings in a softer, more modulated tone at some parts, especially when he sings “welcome to my life” to show his resignation to fate.
Try by Colbie Caillat – Her voice sounds very raw and vulnerable on this track, yet soothing and pleasing to the ears at the same time. This song is perfect for days when you feel like unwinding at home, surfing the internet or reading books. It gives you the courage and hopes to believe that you don’t have to try to fit in with the rest of the world, and you can just be yourself.
Bullet by Hollywood Undead – This is a very polarising song. Either you love it or you hate it. The lyrics are very explicit about self-harm and suicide, and it might be triggering to those who are suicidal. Moreover, this track sounds very bright and cheery, which doesn’t suit the lyrics at all. I feel that this song does not appeal to me, however, I think it will help to raise awareness about suicide and self-harm. After all, this song is provocative in a subtle way, just like how some suicidal people hide their feelings about suicide under a veneer of happiness and joy.
Perfect by Simple Plan – I am a big fan of rock songs, and this is a perfect song to jam along to and release all your pent up anguish. The intro part of the song enthralled me as I felt that it seems to pay tribute to some heavy-metal songs. The lead singer has a very nasal voice, reminiscent of the rock scene in the 90s. It sounds a bit like a heavy-metal song, with the bass and guitar riffs. He sings about how he is unable to be “perfect” and meet people’s expectations and it is another angsty song from Simple Plan.
Heavy by Linkin Park – This song sums up the mental torment experienced by the late Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park. He mentioned that he felt that things were too heavy for him, and there was a lot of emotional baggage in his mind, and he needed to release it. He stood in solidarity with his fans, showing that he has been dealing with a lot of issues. Linkin Park fans, including me, feel that he has helped a lot of people get through their darkest days with his music. Some people have pointed out that the entire One More Light album sounds like a suicide note. I could totally feel his pain in his voice and I realise that he was dealing with a lot of suffering.