Is there a song that can be categorized as so beautiful and so chilling? That makes you weep and shake? Makes your insides scream from adrenaline and fear? 'Leif Erickson' is one of the few, if not only, song that I have ever heard that can be affect you in such a powerful way, in such opposite emotions. Not to mention, Paul Banks is pretty bad ass with that cigarette.
'Take It or Leave It'
Everything about this song is perfection. All of "Is This It" is centered around indifference, finding yourself, and just figuring out what the fuck to do with your life. Not until the last song, 'Take It or Leave It' does Julian finally speak his mind and just say fuck it, I'm going to do what I want and say what I want and tell you what I've always wanted, that guy you're with, he's an asshole. It's him finally looking around and criticizing those around him and those who brought him down "Boys act too tough, girls act too much, enough is enough!" The guitar riff is one of the best guitars of the past decade, unarguably catchy and though repititive, gets better with every listen. Most importantly though, the intro and guitar sets the confident mood of the song. Those opening down chords followed by that upbeat riff lets you know that this song is different from the rest of the album. It's fitting that this self proclamation anthem is at the end of an album that is themed on indecisiveness and giving up, saying there's still hope, and you can still do what you love.