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Breakup songs are supposed to be sad. Angry, even. But joyous? These United States either doesn’t care for tradition or couldn’t resist breaking it when the group of D.C. natives penned the feel-good, danceable, breakup song “I Want You to Keep Everything” from their forthcoming full-length Everything Touches Everything. Apparently, bandleader Jesse Elliott’s pleasure with the outcome of the 2008 presidential election is one of those things touching everything else, tracks included. And that means there’s at least two ways to interpret the pulse-elevating gusto with which Elliot delivers lines like, “Baby, we’re over/Don’t you, no don’t you/Send me my red shirt”: It’s either him saying goodbye to a flame or to our former Republican president.
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