Affliction, the first full album by Vancouver band Econoline Crush, is a very moody and depressing album. Focusing on feelings of despair, fear, and hopelessness, it masterfully portrays a picture of a man against the world, against the world and losing.

Track listing:

  1. Nowhere Now
  2. Blunt
  3. Wicked
  4. Emotional Stain
  5. Close
  6. Blood in The River
  7. Cruel World
  8. Lost
  9. Slug
  10. Sychophant
  11. Affliction

The final track of the album, also called Affliction is a song about abusive relationships both with drugs and other people. It speaks strongly of the degradation that occurs when someone doesn't break out of such a relationship in time and suggests that it is the victim's fault as well.

There I'm on the edge
Of something more than what I knew
I've traded my burdens
For habits I can't cure
Gather up my enemies
Bring them to the feast
Dancing in the circle
As they crucify me
Falling down again...don't be late
It's my time of reckoning
Misery my friend
I'm spending all my time with you
Reflection in the mirror
Of someone I once knew
Take me to the gallery
And push me to my knees
Begging for forgiveness
As the chorus judge me
Falling down again...don't be late
Its my time of reckoning

You've taken everything
Oh, you never get enough
Imtimidate, you violate, humiliate me
You just can't let it be
You're coming back for me
Push me down
Push me down
Hurt me again
You crawl in me, exist to feed
You watch me bleed
You're punishing
Consumed with greed
You empty me
No, No, No, No...

Dive it deeper, go on
Just push it in
Fill me with infection
Your affliction in me
Oh your sadistic need
You're coming back for me
Push me down
Push me down
Hurt me again
You crawl in me
Exist to feed
You watch me bleed
You're punishing
Consumed with greed
You empty me
No, No, No, No...

Smothered in this addiction
Your affliction, is drowning me

USA release: February 20, 1996 (Had limited Canadian release previously)

Af*flic"tion (#), n. [F. affliction, L. afflictio, fr. affligere.]


The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, etc.; an instance of grievous distress; a pain or grief.

To repay that money will be a biting affliction. Shak.


The state of being afflicted; a state of pain, distress, or grief.

Some virtues are seen only in affliction. Addison.

Syn. -- Calamity; sorrow; distress; grief; pain; adversity; misery; wretchedness; misfortune; trouble; hardship. -- Affliction, Sorrow, Grief, Distress. Affliction and sorrow are terms of wide and general application; grief and distress have reference to particular cases. Affliction is the stronger term. The suffering lies deeper in the soul, and usually arises from some powerful cause, such as the loss of what is most dear -- friends, health, etc. We do not speak of mere sickness or pain as "an affliction," though one who suffers from either is said to be afflicted; but deprivations of every kind, such as deafness, blindness, loss of limbs, etc., are called afflictions, showing that term applies particularly to prolonged sources of suffering. Sorrow and grief are much alike in meaning, but grief is the stronger term of the two, usually denoting poignant mental suffering for some definite cause, as, grief for the death of a dear friend; sorrow is more reflective, and is tinged with regret, as, the misconduct of a child is looked upon with sorrow. Grief is often violent and demonstrative; sorrow deep and brooding. Distress implies extreme suffering, either bodily or mental. In its higher stages, it denotes pain of a restless, agitating kind, and almost always supposes some struggle of mind or body. Affliction is allayed, grief subsides, sorrow is soothed, distress is mitigated.


© Webster 1913.

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