The Things We Can't Stop
was Cold's first album since Superfiction
in 2011. It starts with a 53-second intro that leads into "Shine." In the intro, a string section plays as a young girl talks about her bout with depression. It was taken from an interview from decades earlier at a time when children were plied with pills to treat this "sickness."
In a Songfacts interview with Scooter Ward
, he explained: "The song 'Shine' is about bullying, which leads to depression, and the string section, we were like, 'Let's put that in as the intro. Let's put her voice on top of it, because it's impactful.' I wanted the record to start off with holy s--t, here we go
. It's not Superfiction
[Cold's 2011 album]. This is going to hurt, but hopefully it helps."