Titletown (feat. Shawna Harmsen) - Single
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Thank You, 2h2h
Have you ever stood on the edge of a cliff, suspended hundreds of feet above the cold, rolling waves of the ocean, and pondered whether to swan dive into the sea? 2h2h has. And they did. And when they emerged from their melancholic state of total disappointment and dread, they wrote one of the greatest songs mankind will ever have the honor of listening to: “Titletown”.
The stakes were overwhelmingly high coming into their sophomore effort; the world heard the pure genius that was “White Lightning”, and the pressure to live up to the impossibly high standards set by those ravenous fans was unprecedented. But they did. They, in fact, exceeded those expectations.
“Titletown” is a tour de force of artistic greatness. The trifecta of brilliance, Samuel Justice, J-Money, and J-Doug, coupled with the touching, yet powerful voice of Shawna Harmsen creates a rapturous aura of euphoria, which is cleverly juxtaposed against the somber, even poignant lyrics: (Yeah, you broke our hearts/we’re so sad that it hurts). By the first few beats of the drum, courtesy of Aaron Swaagman, the listener is hooked, as if sucked into the impenetrable gravity of a black hole, and is completely helpless to escape its embrace.
The song is only able to be expressed through oxymorons and paradoxical statements, which adds further to the genius-level intellect that each member of 2h2h undoubtedly possess. The raw, yet polished recording quality, and the despondent, yet hopeful lyrics are all a part of the magical elixir that is “Titletown”.
2h2h has taken that fateful dive, indeed, and have explored the inky, black depths of the sea (as well as the depths of their own souls) and have surfaced, victorious, in the face of impending doom. What they saw down there, we will never know. But we do know that they turned whatever it was into this decade’s greatest single. Yeah, the Packers may have broken our hearts, but 2h2h, you did one heck of a job repairing them. Thank you.