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“What am I going to do when you’re in trouble / And you don’t call out for me,” New Zealand singer/songwriter Marlon Williams sings on the final verse of “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore.” Assisted by alt-folk singer/songwriter Aldous Harding (also from New Zealand), they deliver a chilling, mesmerizing duet that serves as the penultimate number from Williams’ sophomore album, Make Room for Love. “Nobody Gets What They Want” narrativizes the unfortunate end of a relationship, where clearly neither party “gets what they want anymore.”  Things have become stagnant and unpleasant, fueled by distance and perhaps most of all, poor communication.

Harding’s character seems most opposed to staying together or any reconciliation, with two brief solo lines expressing how the two lovers have grown apart.  Williams readily admits the status of the relationship isn’t ideal, but doesn’t seem to want things to end.  This is perfectly showcased by the aforementioned lyrical passage, excerpted from the final verse.  Despite the melancholic nature of “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore,” the radiance of music is awe-inspiring – alternative balladry at its finest. Both Harding and Williams showcase stunning vocals, particularly when they join forces expressing tremendous heartache on the titular lyric.  

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About The Curator - Brent Faulkner

Brent Faulkner - Music to Curator

Slightly eccentric with interests that seem to know no ends, restless ‘Renaissance Man’ is the best way to characterize Brent Faulkner, a native of Kentucky.  A certified music educator, multi-instrumentalist, and composer known for his incredibly sharp ear, he lives and breathes music of a variety of styles.  In addition to passion for educating, performing, and writing music, he’s equally passionate blogging and writing about it, managing his own site, The Musical Hype ( When he’s not intensely analyzing music, you can find him reading or watching a movie, reality television or some sporting event.