Spectator Music presents: the album that changed my life — 'Bad Blood'

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Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 5:14 PM
Spectator Music presents: the album that changed my life — 'Bad Blood' by Madi Gross

In 2012 Bastille released their album, “Bad Blood” which featured songs such as “Pompeii” and “Oblivion.” I was obsessed with “Pompeii” because everybody else was. I purchased the rest of the album with money I had saved babysitting and I was super proud of myself for doing so. I soon after learned all the lyrics and then the album had got lost in the rest of my music library (such as most of my music does.)

But in 2014, when my parents were in the middle of their divorce, I went through an angst-filled “Sentimental items purge.” This is when “Bad Blood” made a reappearance in my life. I listened to the album non-stop, again and again, like when I first purchased it. After my parents’ divorce, I moved to a new small town with my mom and brother.

I always think back to the first day of classes when I forgot my lunch and was too nervous to face the cafeteria, so I sat in the guidance office all by myself. Flash forward to a few months later, I had, at this point, made friends with a great group of people.

One of them convinced me to join track and had always played music while we were lifting. Usually, we listened to songs from Panic! At the Disco, or tracks from musicals we both adored, but the next thing I knew, “The Things We Lost in the Fire” was on and we were both singing at the top of our lungs. By the end of the season we had bonded over listening music (especially “Bad Blood”) over and over and we are still great friends three years later.

I’ve always thought of this as a weird coincidence, since I had never purchased an entire album before “Bad Blood.” I would always just pick one or two songs to obsess over, but for some reason this was the album that I purchased in its entirety.

I’ve always enjoyed this album for its catchy, yet meaningful songs, and because of this experience I can say that it is, indeed, an “album that changed my life.”

Favorite Tracks: “Flaws,” “Things We Lost in the Fire,” and “Laura Palmer.”

Madi Gross can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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