While the listener is picturing the Twin Towers aflame, singer Jack Antonoff adds a little to the last repetition: "and the fire burns for you.” So the image changes from a death-trap inferno to a mere boy-misses-girl sentiment in a nanosecond, based on a rather tasteless play on words.
That might not be so creepy if the song weren’t delivered with an upbeat sing-along bounce that sets the listener up for the shock at the end. Whether considered good songwriting or cheesiness – it’s guaranteed you’ll feel weird, indeed.
The rest of the album is not so dramatic, but Steel Train has a big, full sound that borrows heavily from the masters of that style, U2, on “Alone in the Sea.”
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