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The Best In Feel-Bad Breakups

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According to data gathered from Facebook, there are two peak times for break ups: Just after Valentine's day, and right about now. The anti-cupid has already struck Zooey Deschanel & Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and, even worse, the iconic relationship of Thurstoon Moore & Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. Just in case you're at risk, here's a Vitamin String Quartet-friendly playlist that will help you through your tough times. Separation is obviously a well-tread topic in pop music and the source of infinite songs, so no list will ever feel definitive. But it doesn't hurt to have one on hand, does it? Incubus – "Oil & Water" The summary of all your problems is right there in the title! This is an easy way to rock out to you and your partner's irreconcilable differences. The lyrics are full of common metaphors – heavy with anchors, shelter from the weather – but that just aids in its universal appeal. Let Brandon Boyd's big voice lead you up the dramatic arc. Def Leppard – "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" For those of you that require a little bit of edge in your breakup. This is strictly a song on the receiving end of emotional pain, and it has the added bonus of being ideal for singing along to in the sealed privacy of your car. Turn it up on the freeway and be a fearless, heart heavy rock star. Weezer – "No Other One" Maybe it's not strictly a song about splitting, but the song's portrayal of a codependent, desperate relationship may be all you need to snap out of your funk. Get uncomfortable with lines like, “My girl's a liar but I'll stand beside her” and realize that perhaps your attachment was unhealthy. Bright Eyes – "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)" Of course, it would be remiss to pretend break ups were all about rejection. Sometimes it's about guilt, or the scary apathy you have about being the ruiner of hearts. “She'll probably feel cheap/ But I'll just feel free/ And a little bit empty.” Were it not for those delightful drum machines and Wurlitzers, this would be a much darker affair. Fiona Apple – "Slow Like Honey" You might be thinking “Fast As You Can” from the Fiona Apple camp, but that's always sounded more like a preventative song rather than an end. This one, though? This is one sultry stab to the heart, reminding us that splitting up is just the beginning. Even if you're bitterly rejected, “Slow Like Honey” offers comfort in knowing that your memory will be a vengeful ghost. Related: VSQ Tribute to Incubus Vol. 3(2011), VSQ Performs Power Ballads (2011), VSQ Performs Weezer's Pinkerton (2010), The String Quartet Tribute to Bright Eyes: Beautiful in the Morning (2005), Strung Out On Fiona Apple: The String Quartet Tribue (2006)

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VSQ Tribute to Incubus Vol. 3 Available now at iTunes and Amazon

VSQ Performs Power Ballads Available now at iTunes and Amazon

VSQ Performs Weezer's Pinkerton Available now at iTunes and Amazon

The String Quartet Tribute to Bright Eyes: Beatiful in the Morning Available now at iTunes and Amazon

String Out On Fiona Apple: The String Quartet Tribute Available now at Amazon

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Vitamin String Quartet Performs Incubus Vol. 3

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1. Talk Shows on Mute 2. Warning 3. Adolescents 4. Anna Molly 5. Love Hurts 6. Oil & Water 7. Promises, Promises

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Longest Wait Between Albums

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Call us impatient, but it can be frustrating when our favorite artists take a vacation from the studio and create years of hang time between new albums. These are the artists from whom we’ve had to wait the longest for new material, and whose back catalogs we listened to on repeat in the mean time. Bruce Springsteen Wait Time: Seven Years The seven years that elapsed between 1995’s The Ghost of Tom Joad and 2002’s The Rising represented the longest gap between new studio album releases in Bruce Springsteen's storied career. Since that September 11th inspired LP, there has been a comparative flood of new Springsteen material:  Devils & Dust, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, Magic and Working on a Dream – which all came out between 2002 and 2009. Incubus Wait Time: Five Years It took SoCal based Incubus five years to record 2011’s appropriately titled If Not Now, When?, the long-awaited follow-up to their 2006 album Light Grenades. In the half decade between albums, the band went on a hiatus, during which lead singer Brandon Boyd enrolled in art school, guitarist Mike Einziger studied music composition at Harvard and drummer José Pasillas had a baby. Said Boyd, “There's a lot of normal life stuff going on right now—school, babies, mortgages. I'm of the mind to say it wouldn't be a bad thing to disappear for a year or two years. A lot of people would say culture moves too fast and you need to remind people, but I would argue there's not any rush." Guns N' Roses Wait Time: Fourteen Years The prize for longest wait for an album goes to Guns N' Rose’s fourteen years in the making of Chinese Democracy. Axl Rose, (the only original member of GNR involved in the recording process), delayed the follow-up to 1993’s The Spaghetti Incident with a production style described by many overseers as “obsessive.” It was no surprise then that when the album was finally released, many reviews called the album “overproduced.” In an open letter to fans, Rose wrote: “To say the making of this album has been an unbearably long and incomprehensible journey would be an understatement.” We feel the same way about the wait. Be sure to check out: Hometown: The String Quartet Tribute to Bruce Springsteen Available now at iTunes and Amazon The String Quartet Tribute to Incubus Available now at iTunes and Amazon The String Quartet Tribute to Incubus Vol.2 Available now at iTunes and Amazon The String Quartet Tribute to Guns N' Roses Available now at iTunes and Amazon

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