Song 15 Tanita Tikaram

Tanita Tikaram - Valentine Heart, 1988

'If I was a Londoner, rich with complaint...' I heard this song for the first time on college radio a couple of years after it was released, while I was recovering from a bad break-up. Let's just say recovery was postponed for the day. Like most great love songs, this one's all about loss and regret - perfect for Valentine's Day, even without the title. It's hard to believe Tanita Tikaram was only eighteen years old when it was recorded. Is it another one for the imaginary soundtrack to Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World? You betcha. So sit back, let those strings swell, and get ready to mourn the memory of love lost, or love that never was. Happy Valentine's Day!


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