Bullet for My Valentine's sixth album, Gravity, was preceded by a difficult two years for the band's frontman Matt Tuck. He got divorced, and the emotional turmoil of breaking up a family forced him deep down a tunnel of self-despair. This led to Tuck channeling his life experiences into his music, resulting in the most personal lyrics he's written to date.
"It's showing a very different side to me that I've never shown before," he said. "It's [a] very vulnerable, tender and up-and-down version of me. It wasn't something that I intended to do, but the more I was doing it, the better the songs started to become. The more tortured I've been, the better this album has become."
Tuck explained that the "Gravity" title was based on the idea of "the weight of the world on your shoulders constantly dragging you down." He added that the wings on the album's front cover are a reference to "the moment where you can just f---ing take off. Having them look super vibrant was purposeful: we didn't want it to be all doom and gloom."
Regarding this song's meaning, Matt Tuck explained to Louder Sound: "There are a lot of things in life that anchor you down, that are good and positive, and this song is about acknowledging that, embracing it, and taking the bad with the good."
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."
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