Released on: Lifeblood (Album #7), Sony Records, 1 November 2004
‘A Song For Departure’ feels like something of a minor entry in the first half of Lifeblood, a mid-tempo piece which becomes significantly more interesting during its chorus but never quite shakes off a slightly inconsequential feel.
Featuring a less major appearance by the piano of ‘Empty Souls’ and some rather flat-sounding machined drums, the verses of the song are entertaining enough but lack an intellectual hook. The lyrics for the song are intriguing, but never present a cohesive message, and the song suffers for it.
The strengths of ‘A Song For Departure’ are Bradfield’s economical but expressive soloing and the complex chorus arrangement, which features multiple iterations of the vocals layered upon one another. This technique was not completely novel for the band, but is used particularly effectively here.
Patrick Jones produced a video for ‘A Song for Departure’ which, as with his other videos of this period, was not an official promotional piece.
Choice Lyric (Full Lyrics)
“tearing it off like so many calendar days”