Some of us will be relieved by this one. Not for long, though! Coincidence or fate? Running towards a catastrophe... 65. Everything in Time (Los Angeles) Average score: 7.194 Highest score: 9 x 4 (@Damita Jo, @BEST FICTION, @AshleyKerwin, @Music Is Death) Lowest score: 5 x 3 (@DJHazey, @Maria, @Ana Raquel) My score: 6.75 High peak: #65 (22, 27 voters) Low peak: #85 (5 voters) Only 0.05 points away from "Sixteen", it's time (pun intended) to lose the third song form the "Return of Saturn" section, which, contrary to the previous elimination, ended up in its peak position. It did start on a bit of a wobbly note, but managed to gain higher scores - receiving half of its 9's within the last 4 voters - and constantly improved its placement. This is also the first out of five unreleased songs that were later officially released to leave the rate. Since there are two versions of the song, I'll focus on their backgrounds here, and save the song review and further insight when London version gets eliminated. First of all, why did I include both versions, when I could've just paired them and let you assign a score to your preferred one? Well, prior to finishing the song list and opening the rate, I had no idea which one was the original (had I known that, things might've been different). But there's also a big factor of the apparent sonic and lyrical differences that made me treat them separately. It's a weird situation because it's not a classic 'remix' type of thing, but, hey, at least it helped the song list get to that magical number 100 and satisfy my moderate OCD. Now we got that clear, let's get to the boring stuff - but those of you who like history shouldn't be bored. "Everything in Time (Los Angeles)" was written by Eric Stefani and Gwen Stefani, possibly in June 1998, when Gwen brought her brother back for some writing sessions. The Los Angeles version came first and the song possibly had a working title of "Everything Always". The song came almost instantaneously but didn't make the cut for "Return of Saturn", with "Too Late" taking its place on the album. No Doubt has once said that this song "was a hard one to let go." I say they made a wise choice despite there being a song from the actual album I scored lower. That's how the LA got into the parenthesis of the title. And the London version has the same 'nickname' for similar reason, but a different background. During the "Rock Steady" writing sessions in London, Gwen and album producers went back to the song and worked out a slower version of the song. But again, while "Rock Steady" was starting to take shape, the song again was placed aside since it didn’t fit in with the rest of the material. I say they made a wise choice x2. Twice recorded, twice discarded... and eventually twice eliminated. And of course you had to eliminate the version I prefer first. This song is... a fine ballad. And since there are definite career highlights in that run, it would be a reach to list "Everything in Time (Los Angeles)" as one of them. In fact, it's one of my least favourite slow songs that No Doubt did. It's good that my score for it is this 'high', because if I had to rate it several years ago, it would probably meander around 5.5. It definitely used to be one of those songs that I mostly just want to end. From a technical standpoint, it's hard to fault, has an ~atmospheric~ production reminiscent of "Return of Saturn", an established lyrical vision and execution (at least to a certain point), but it's kind of boring in the long run. We'll talk about it more in detail, so let me shut up now and see what you had to say about the song. Apparently, not much. @Sprockrooster (8.5) and @berserkboi (8.5) are being twinsies with their scores - Sprocky says: "When the guitar comes in the track transforms into a grand opus.", while berserky concludes: "Enjoying this mellow moment a lot!" Evidently, not everyone was impressed by this version. Among them is @Angeleyes (6), who makes his choice clear: "See my commentary for the London version, but in short, I prefer that one." Hmm, we obviously can't see it yet because the London version (hopefully soon). But, as the song itself says: "Everything I hope in time will come..." Next up: Disastrous loss. The greatest amount of perfect scores so far, too. Needless to say, I'm not looking forward to that one.