A masterpiece of controlled tension writ in fancy ink
SPIN cover stars Tegan and Sara were aiming high when they crafted their freshly released seventh album, Heartthrob, even if some of the songs' influences came from serious emotional lows. The Quin sisters have just released a lyric video for one such standout, which our reviewer Jon Young described quite aptly: "For flaming, deranged drama, however, there's no topping 'Now I'm All Messed Up,' a masterpiece of controlled tension that starts slowly with morose observations like, 'Why won't you just comfort me?' before erupting into full-blast melodrama, with tortured voices exclaiming, 'Go / Please stay!' in a furious tug-of-war." Which is why a lyric video for this song is more than warranted (and perhaps less disconcerting than watching two of our favorite chart-climbing artists go utterly mad on camera). Also, the folks at Warner did good work with this one, with handwritten lines warping amidst splays of ink and the introduction of water. Even when impermanence is acknowledged, it's hard to scrub the stain of a thing from your personal record.