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“The House That Heaven Built”

Japandroids | 2012

The penultimate song on the duo's sophomore album "Celebration Rock," well, rocks pretty hard. "It is, for lack of better word, the most massive thing that we've done," Brian King, Japandroids' guitarist, told Rolling Stone. "When we set out to record this record, we made a very conscious decision to not really change the formula…I think we all just felt really confident that if we went in and did basically the same thing that we did on "Post-Nothing" or on our singles, that we would inherently come out with something that was a lot bigger and better in every sort of way."

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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