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One of the best love songs I've ever heard would have to be Shatter by Liz Phair. Yes, I know, a lot of people are more familiar with her hit song, Why Can't I but Liz Phair's Shatter from her debut, Exile in Guyville, is a love song wrapped in supreme despair. Shatter is less a love song and more of a confession. But it's not like an Alanis love song wherein she would stuff a million words in a three minute pop song resulting in something overcooked and frankly, annoying. Shatter is a confession about the fear one feels when negotiating the terms of what love is, who to love, how much to love and when to let go.

"I Don't know If I can fly a plane
Well enough to tailspin our your name"

There you go, my favorite line in a song ever. Also, the line that sold me on Phair's genius. It captures the headspace of amigoodenoughtoloveyou, caniloveyouenoughtomakeyouloveme, amienoughforyounottoletgoofme, shouldievenbotherwithsomeonesomuchbetterthanme, these are the questions one goes through when you're so desperately, insanely in love.

That the song is embraced by feedback drenched guitars and wispy slowcore hiss is an added bonus. Shatter is an atmospheric love song to listen to when alone. It's a song you can never listen to with someone else because what it reveals are secrets better left unsaid.

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