Expatriate – Allison Crutchfield


“Expatriate” begins with an all-too recognizable drumbeat, which leads in quarter notes from a piano, and eventually Allison Crutchfield, whose unique voice rivers  through this song with both an authority and repose. The low-fi recording of this track adds to its humble appeal and emphasizes the importance of the performance of the music. This is a very simple song, and it is driven by Crutchfield’s unique voice and style of writing.

“Expatriate” can be characterized as a breakup song, but it is simply too upbeat for that kind of label. The lyrics clearly deal with some kind of romantic change, with lines like “Not worryin’ about seeing you / or you and her becoming you and me.” The emotional lyrics and Crutchfield’s audibly shaky voice, paired with this weirdly upbeat melody isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it works in the artist’s favour by confusing the emotions of the listener (see Outkast’s “Hey Ya!”). The lyrics are definitely the most interesting aspect of “Expatriate,” with each line leading into the next without any inelegance. Lines like “I don’t know where I am most of the time / I base it all on the neon lottery signs,” and “I can’t be involved in this, you were my only family / now you feel foreign in a way, an expatriate” show Crutchfield’s songwriting prowess and are very effective when listening to the song. Overall this is a nice, simple song that can boost anyone’s day despite its semi-depressing subject matter.


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