Multi-instrumentalist Martin Doherty originally sang on "My Enemy" before his voice was replaced with Berninger's unmistakable baritone tones. "We realized pretty quickly it would lend itself well to the duality of two points of view, once Lauren had come in with the lyric," he told Pitchfork
. "But when my voice was on the verse, it felt somehow wrong to me. I thought we could make this into something special with someone like Matt, who can sell stories so purely, who sings one word and I'm there."