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“I'm Amazed”

My Morning Jacket | 2008

"I've gotten tired of rock & roll sounds," Jim James told Rolling Stone, about making My Morning Jacket's eclectic fifth album, Evil Urges. "But I like that there's a song like 'I'm Amazed' where anybody who's seen us live over the years can get into." Released at a time when America was fighting two wars in the Middle East and facing a recession, the song captures in its lyrics the nation's politically divided climate. Among the things that amaze MMJ: a divided nation, a wrong devotion, the things TV stations want us to believe and all that has been.

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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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