I've been listening to Morcheeba for over a decade at this point, and I've always enjoyed their music. It's smooth, groovy trip hop, and makes for delicious ear candy. That said, it's never carried much emotional impact for me. No one's going mistake Morcheeba's sound for the work of Portishead. This song is a notable exception in Morcheeba's catalog in that it's painfully emotive. I first heard it in 2002 on Charango, when its unusual title attracted my attention. The song gripped me right away, and quickly became my favorite, even above the dreamy "Otherwise," and wickedly humorous "Women Lose Weight." The reason for the song's impact is no secret. Kurt Wagner's vocals lend a confessional feeling and somber tone not normally part of the Morcheeba palette. Skye's arrival mid-verse offers a shimering counterpoint to Kurt's lament. The truth is What New York Couples Fight About is really a Kurt Wagner song with Morcheeba guesting, and not the other way 'round.