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Third Sister Lovers Correspondences

Third Sister Lovers Correspondences

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Published by: Adam Fieled on Oct 27, 2012
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 Third/Sister Lovers: Correspondences
 
 
 
Inaworkascomplexandmulti-facetedasBigStar’s“Third/SisterLovers,”whatemergesuponrepeatedlistensiscomplextoo.OnethingI’mbeginningtospotinthepiecearecorrespondences.Hereareafewofthemorenotableones:whatAlexChiltondoeswithmajorseventhchordsties“BigBlackCar”andChilton’scoverofLouReed’s“FemmeFatale”together—lyrically,thesongshingeondespair,intoxication,andseenandunseendanger.ThemajorseventhchordsChiltonusesexpressspecificallyvulnerabilityinthiscontext.Theyalsoexpresssomethingcrepuscular,somethingshadowy.“Holocaust”and“KizzaMe,”theleadofftrack,mayseemanunlikelycorrespondence.Whatconnectsthemisthattheyarebothinaminorkey,andallthesongsbetweenareinmajorkeys.HowIinterpretthecorrespondenceisthis:“Holocaust”inmanywaysstartsthealbumoveragain,by“re-doing”theprotagonist,re-paintinghisportrait.An“up”visionofperversityandlustin“KizzaMe”decomposesanddecaysintotheabjectself-loathing(shotthroughwithdrunkenself-consciousness)of“Holocaust.”Theconnectionbetween“FemmeFatale”and“Holocaust”isalsointeresting,andhastodowiththe“everybody”ofDanaandherdestructiveandcarnivoroussocialnetwork.Dana’sfriendsknowthatshe’safemmefatale,butaretoodependentonhermagnetismand bindingforcetobreakawayfromher.IftheyjudgeChiltonasprotagonistharshly,andleavehimbehind,it’sbecausetheyfindhisvulnerabilityunacceptable.TheChiltonprotagonistisperverse:hissenseoflanguageisoff-beatand“lateral,”hehasasarcasticstreakthatemergesin“ThankYouFriends”and“YouCan’tHaveMe.”Theperversityof“KizzaMe”ismoreaboutthewillfulnessofhissexualdesireforLesa,whoseintermittentprominencein“Third/SisterLovers”makesheranothershadowyformwithinthetonepoemorpainting.Therelationshipbetween“JesusChrist”andtherestofthealbumisintriguing:itdemonstratesanothersideoftheChiltonprotagonist,onethatfavorspurityoverperversion.Who“they”are,thosewhorejoiceatthebirthofJesus,aretheinverseoftheharsh,banal,pretentiousscenesterswhoshutChiltonoutfromDanaandherownperverseboudoir.This

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