The very first time I listened To Great Morning, Magpie, I was a tiny underwhelmed. There weren’t the rough, cinematic songs about whiskey and the devil that I had come to count on and love from MBD (as time has gone on, even though, this has effortlessly become my favorite of their albums), but then I got to the last two tracks.
“White Noise” and “The Day” are effective songs about diametrically opposed forces, or probably the same force from drastically various perspectives. They are both thundering, ominous (perhaps their most ominous) songs about the devil and god. “White Noise” is reminiscent of “The Desert Is On Fire,” the devil’s song from Who Will Survive. Except, it is not cocky in the exact same way. It is particular and destructive, set on a day of apocalypse. This devil is considerably far more purposeful and significantly less petty than the one particular from Who Will Survive. It is orchestrating the finish.
But straight following that, as the last song of the album is“The Day.” Considerably like “White Noise,” it is a brooding, dark, effective song, but this one from the point of view of a follower of a god. It isn’t created clear what god, if it’s the a single of Abrahamic religions (even though it definitely has a robust Old Testament vibe), or some thing else completely, but like the devil in “White Noise” it is also here to take the earth and punish these who did not follow it. Considering that this is the last song on Excellent Morning Magpie, it serves as the last word, as if this force is higher than the a single of the previous song. This is the initial song in MBD’s catalogue exactly where the devil definitively loses, and it serves as a excellent closing of the door on the very first portion of their career.