Being already familiar with the original album (and having some personal favourites from there), I didn’t expect any less from the bonus tracks of the Deluxe Edition of Never Happy, Ever After (love the album name, if I may add).
Three of them are acoustic versions of the tracks from the original album. And while they are all excellent and work perfectly as acoustic tracks (Dial Tones especially), there is also a brand new track that has been released – Winter’s Weather.
So not only do we get to hear some amazing acoustic covers, but a brand new song too. The track has a lovely title, and the song itself very much lives up to that.
Winter’s Weather begins with Patty Walter’s familiar vocals, along with the backup vocalist, guitar and drums. All of these combined sound soft at first, but less than a minute in and it already jumps into their big chorus. The next verse returns to the original sound, before the chorus makes it appearance once again.
We are then given a bridge of a guitar solo and soft vocals, both lead and backup. The soft bridge then builds up to the same chorus we had before, continuing until the track comes to an end.
Not only does Winter’s Weather have some great lyrics (“hold me close in winter’s weather” is an example) and an excellent sound from the band, but it also fits well with the style of the original album. So whoever picks up a copy or downloads the deluxe edition, or simply just takes a listen on YouTube, they’d be far from dissatisfied with this new track.