With “Cornerstone,” Alex Turner turned in what are likely his best vocal performance and lyrics yet. It’s also the songwriter playing perhaps his most unsympathetic character — approaching new girls begging to call them his ex’s name, finally finding someone willing to comply in his ex’s sister — and delivering it with a voice and melody that make him sound like a wounded puppy with no choice but to find his last love’s doppelganger to fuck. It is love, after all, or at least he’s doing a decent job of convincing us that’s how love is for three minutes. And yes, the rest of the band is on point filling out the swoony backdrop, but this one is all about Alex, and director Richard Ayoade knows it. So we get what looks like a fan video, or maybe a YouTube valentine, as Alex lipdubs himself acting out lines about wet walls with doe eyes while letting you know he’s screwing your sister now.
It’s a far cry from what Richard did with “Crying Lightning,” eh.
Humbug is out via Domino. “Cornerstone” is being released as a 10″ with some new b-sides (“Catapult,” “Sketchead” and “Fright Lined Dining Room”), digitally on 11/17, physically on 12/8. Pre-order it here. You can watch a live take on this song from their performance on Ferguson. Or you can see them live at these dates:
12/06 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre*
12/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre *
12/08 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
12/11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
12/13 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
12/14 – Montreal, CA @ Metropolis
After their mega-performance at Lollapalooza, you should.