This song finds Faith attempting to return to the notion found in many older songs that there can be a romance to heartache. "I feel like that's lost in contemporary music," she said, "like everyone's so abrupt: 'this is terrible', or 'this is brilliant!' It seems so clear cut. So I wanted to bring some of that old-style back – tears can be beautiful. 'The Beauty of the End' is about ending a relationship, but indulging in the romance of what you had. I find it strange that people often demonize exes. Unless an ex has done a dreadful, terrible unforgivable thing, I feel like a lot of the time you just go your separate ways and that's okay. This song is about saying I love you but we're not going to be together and this is better for both of us."
This was written by Faith and British songwriter Eg White, whose resume also includes Will Young's Ivor Novello winning tune "Leave Right Now" and Adele's international hit, "Chasing Pavements."
Faith described the Guy Barker arranged string arrangement as, "kind of like Dr Dre meets Fellini."
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.