Listen to Tommy Wallach’s Lovely, Twinkling “Cold As Christ”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 05.30.14 in News

“I’ll bet Christ must have seemed cold,” muses Brooklyn songwriter Tommy Wallach, “To truly love everyone, you’d need a birds-eye view.” As the song continues, he extols Christ’s knack for remaining uninvolved: “Stay out of the trenches/ only let ‘em touch your feet.” It’s an arresting opening to a steady-rolling rococo pop song that recalls, alternately, prime Rufus Wainwright or a ballad from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Wallach’s slightly askew perspective, and the rich, rolling arrangements, make the song more engrossing as it goes on. He shifts perspective at the end, talking about his own inability to be as detached, and the ways that it, paradoxically, holds him back from love. It’s a fascinating, constantly-evolving narrative, one that established Wallach as a cunning, gifted author.