Anouk, Holland's undisputed leading lady of rock, just released the video for her much-anticipated new single "For Bitter Or Worse" on YouTube. The song is the title track taken from her current album, and it is hands-down one of the best tracks she has ever recorded during her two decade career.
"For Bitter Or Worse" chronicles the painful break up with Remon Stotijn, her former husband and father of her three children. The separation was widely reported in the Dutch press, but Anouk has kept hush about the situation until now. For Anouk there's no better way to tell her story than through her music. The video shows Anouk with her three kids at home, trying to make the best of a new situation.
The song perfectly captures that moment in time when you know a relationship has run its course and you're about to admit it to the other person. It's that moment when you know the world around you is about to crumble and will never be the same. "Will we ever learn to let it go (. . .) What do you say when it is all over," Anouk sings. It is an incredibly powerful track that sends chills up and down my spine. This is some serious rock 'n raw that is moving, heartfelt and straight from the gut.