October 29, 2009
“Save Your Love For Me” by Quinn Walker you may remember was one of my favorite songs of 2008. In its previous form I talked about how the electronic backing and his falsetto/baritone recalled Berlin-era Bowie. The new version by Suckers (of which Quinn is the frontman) retools the song completely, turning it into a sprawling epic, and it somehow makes it tons better.
This song has been given a dreamy intro with a pretty, chiming guitar playing the main theme while the weird synths have been replaced with lovely, tranquil piano. Quinn’s vocals in the original version had a sort-of goofy charm and while he’s still singing some off-the-wall lyrics like “this world’s a colonoscopy”, the vocal performance is now eloquent and much more dynamic (the guy has amazing range). Stripping the song down to the basics keeps the incredible guitar solo during the bridge from being lost under all the noise and the expanded instrumental palette (including live drums!) also makes a huge impact. The climax of the song with all the vocals converging for a cathartic “whoa-oh-oh-oh” sing-a-long is completely brilliant. Suckers succeeded here in turning already great song into a masterpiece. I know these guys are working on some great new material, but I hope this isn’t the last of Quinn’s songs that they dig out of obscurity.