Lyric discussion by Atman 

"Almost Blue" suggests emotional ambiguity. The narrator is in a new relationship with a girl that has all of the good qualities that his ex had. But the downside is that being so much like his ex, the new love constantly reminds him of the old love. So his heart and mind are in constant tension to keep from descending into sadness and nostalgia.

Structurally, the song seems greatly inspired by Rodger and Hart's "My Funny Valentine," especially with the opening minor chord and descending bass line to the 7th and 6th. I always thought MFV's light hearted lyrics were at odds with the sad, haunting feel of the melody, so I feel Almost Blue is the superior song. Steve Nieve's piano makes the arrangement gorgeous.

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