And that's really the trick. "Basement Vows" is a breakup album that doesn't dwell in the bummer sad-sack music of a breakup album, even if it does parse through it lyrically. Opener 'Stay' is an aching plea to make things work, sung over an eerie lullaby, but by the end, after the tears have dried ('Pillow Talk') and renewed lust ('Glances') gives way to fighting ('Tell Me'), we are returned to that graveyard imagery in 'New Gardens.' The subject of the song is dead, coins placed over his closed eyes, and Olivia describes him as "sun-drenched and warm." It's a bleak setting, but there's an inherent beauty in it.