- 1Morrissey is almost too sad sometimes. I figured since Morrissey's career started with the Smiths, that this could be an all encompassing list to include his solo stuff as well.
What I've come tho realize over time is the way The Smiths have managed to capture that hopelessness which goes hand- in- hand with depression. This along with the basic chord structures and uplifting rhythms make The Smiths capable of providing a false hope that is never really there once fully examined.
- 2Rivers Cuomo seems to have a bottomless pit of grief in him somewhere, because year after year he manages to spew out these songs of love lost and times past. Despite the energy, fun sound, and happiness of some songs, their sad one's will do quite the number on you.
Like The Smiths, by including Weezer, I also mean this to encompass Rivers Cuomo's solo music.
- 4A bit folky and possibly even too dark for this list, I couldn't leave Connor Oberest off of this list. The pain and emotion emitted in his voice is so real the listener can feel it.
- 5Despite only one album and a couple EP's, these guys still manage to hit the nail on the head. Gibbard in particular, whose song writing is so emotive a powerful, even appears later on in the list.
- 6After reading an interview with the members of Radiohead, I came to understand that Radiohead's songs are about nothing. What makes them so depressing depends on the state of mind of the listener. And if the listener is feeling down in the dumps, then these songs will only fit their mood to no end.
- 9I was really torn on whether not to include Ben Folds on this list. A lot of his solo stuff can put you in a get- up- and- go- dance sort of mood, but at the same time, when the guy has the blues he knows how to share them, On his live album, he includes little anecdotes between songs to provide some insight on where the material came from. After seeing him live, every song makes for an incredibly intimate experience.
*In particular 'Brick' on his live album is awesome.