Juno: The French Letter

By: Todd Burns

Posted 07/22/2004 - 01:10:25 AM by SebastianSS:
 They were only around long enough to make -one- perfect moment? I'm not going to beat around the bush; Juno are my favorite band... I have a 4000 word article on them floating around and it's nowhere near done, and as you might imagine, I think they hit the mark very consistently. That said, if I'm choosing one song from their career, it's "When I Was In ____." It may not have the dynamic range of "The French Letter," but lyrically, damn.

Once it hits that bridge, it turns from a song about grief and the (mis)handling of it ("Your son's hands stayed warm / long after he died") to the process of recovery, of acceptance, even to the point of figuring out the issue of mortality which you position "The French Letter" on. It's not "uplifting" in the cheesy, manufactured way that, say, Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle" is. It's close to reassuring, in essence, acknowledging the depths of human existence and still finding some way not just to handle them, but to appreciate them as part of the greater scheme.