Marty Willson-Piper: A 'Lullaby' For Grown-Ups

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  • Song: "Lullaby for the Lonely"
  • Artist: Marty Willson-Piper
  • CD: Nightjar
  • Genre: Pop-Rock
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Marty Willson-Piper's "Lullaby for the Lonely" is a warm and intimate song from one of the underrated veterans behind The Church. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Misery may love company, but it loves comfort, too. "Lullaby for the Lonely" is that kind of gesture — a thoughtful, soothing song for anyone who's ever felt overwhelmed, delivered in the comfortingly familiar voice of The Church's Marty Willson-Piper. Assisted by gentle orchestration and tender backing vocals, Willson-Piper has crafted a reassuring lullaby for grown-ups.

For all the defeat that pervades the song, from the scenarios Willson-Piper lays out in the verses to the titular refrain in the chorus, "Lullaby for the Lonely" creates a beautiful, peaceful feeling. By the time the track builds to its apex — as Willson-Piper repeatedly asks, "Can't you feel yourself falling apart?" — the effect is strangely curative. A warm and intimate gesture from an underrated veteran, "Lullaby for the Lonely" shrewdly documents loneliness, even as it's washing it away.

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