“Shed A Tear” by Kodaline – A Song and Video Review
With their releases of tracks from the upcoming album, “Politics of Living,” Kodaline rules the domain defined by backing vocals that are tastefully elegant and lush, with lyrics that are empathetic and compassionate. That description of backing vocals and lyrics applied to “Brother” and is more applicable to “Shed a Tear:”
And I feel your pain when I know you're in trouble
And I'll take the blame from your hurt in your struggle
The backing vocals of “Shed A Tear” have the feel of a gospel choir. They create a lush surface on which the lead vocals stand. The supporting instruments establish stability for the structure. Ireland’s Kodaline are singer Steve Garrigan, guitarist Mark Prendergast, bassist Jason Boland and drummer Vinny May.
The video for “Shed A Tear” is a time-lapsed display of illustrations and the lyrics. Sharpies and beginner-level art tools are employed by someone with professional skills.
For “Politics of Living,” Kodaline teamed with some impressive production and writing talent, including hitmaker supreme Steve Mac (“Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran), pop guru Johnny Coffer (Rag’N’Bone Man, Beyonce), Jonas Jeberg (Dizzee Rascal, Kylie Minogue), and Stephen Harris (Miles Kane, Kaiser Chiefs), as well as long-time collaborator Johnny McDaid (“What About Us” by Pink).
"Politics of Living" can be preordered at smarturl.it/KodalinePOL/itunes. Among the upcoming tour dates of Kodaline is an appearance in the San Francisco Bay Area. On November 16, 2018, Kodaline will visit The UC Theatre in Berkeley, California. For ticket information, CLICK HERE.