“Twist in My Sobriety” is a song written and recorded by British singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram. It was released on October 10, 1988 as the lead single from her debut album, “Ancient Heart” with “”Friends” on the B-side. Upon its release, “Twist in My Sobriety” achieved considerable success, particularly in Europe. It reached the top ten in several countries, including #2 in Germany. The song’s unconventional and thought-provoking style resonated with audiences and helped Tikaram gain recognition as a talented singer-songwriter.
The sepia-colored music video for “Twist in My Sobriety” was directed by Gerard de Thame. It was shot on location on the Altiplano Plateau in Bolivia, the video shows various residents of a destitute village interacting with each other amidst their daily struggles. Interspersed throughout these scenes are shots of Tanita Tikaram singing in a darkened room with only one light shining on her face.
The song showcases Tikaram’s distinctive deep and rich voice, accompanied by a blend of folk-pop and world music influences. “Twist in My Sobriety” stands out for its introspective and poetic lyrics, exploring themes of inner turmoil, self-discovery, and the struggles of maintaining sobriety and authenticity in a complex world. The song’s title refers to the juxtaposition of emotional confusion or tension within oneself while striving for clarity and stability. The instrumentation of the song is characterized by a haunting combination of acoustic guitars, strings, and percussions, which create a unique atmosphere and enhance the introspective nature of the lyrics. Tikaram’s evocative vocals and enigmatic delivery add to the captivating quality of the song.
“Twist in My Sobriety” remains Tanita Tikaram’s most successful and recognizable song. It solidified her status as a unique and introspective artist and has continued to be appreciated for its poetic lyrics and atmospheric sound. The song’s enduring popularity has made it a staple of Tikaram’s discography and a memorable contribution to the music of the late 1980s.