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PD: more recent song analysis10 Jun 2009 05:42

Bad Day - Daniel Powter
4/4 shuffle beat.
Key: Eb-Major
Intro A | Verse AAB | Verse   | Chorus CCD(=B) |
                 AA | Verse B | Chorus | Bridge |
                    | Verse AA| Chorus'| Coda AAAA |

The form is cyclic but has more creative details:
The third verse starts with two instrumental phrase.
The second verse omits the B phrase. The last verse starts with
stripped back instrumentation, the old trick to highlight the
lyrics, then have a bombastic return for the chorus.

 

Verse progressions:

A: I > IV9 > Vsus4
B: vi > V > IV > I/3 > ii7 > V | > I

The B progression is driven by scalar descending bass.
This same porgression is re-used in the chorus.

The chorus starts with two phrases of the "Blue Moon" cliche:

I > IV > ii > V

Followed by the aforementioned B progression. This is a subtle type of repetition
which is hard to notice without closer examination.
A very fine variation on the harmony is how the stepwise bass progression is
changed to a chromatic descending progression:

vi > vi/M7  > IV/5 > II/3 > IV > Vsus4 > I

Remember the 2008 USNo1 hits were weak at any chrommaticism.

Bridge:
We have a text-book Bridge modulating to the key of bIII (F#) in an unusual way.

Fm6 > Eb/G > F#
 ii > I ...

the progression in the new key:
F#:
... I > IV > I > IV > VI/5 > III

where III = V of Eb, the point of modulating back.

 


 



Post was edited on 11 Jun 2009 05:43
1.PD 19 Jun 2009 05:54

Nickelback - Rock star
It's a song from 2005 re-relased with great succes in 2007.

The form is very predictable except the sligth changes of phrase pattern of the choruses.

Verse AAAA | pre-chorus | Chorus BBCC |
Verse AA   | pre chorus | Chorus BBBC | Bridge
                        | Chorus BBBCC|


Wikipedia lists a number of songs with similar topic. I just add that "Bobby Brown" by Frank Zappa has not only similar topic, but also a very similar rhythm, a pretty generic one.

Let's see the harmony, which heavily features the modal chords, exclusively major ones, no dominant:
I, bIII, IV, bVI, bVII, mainly the minor pentatonic scale harmonized.

The verses repeat the inverted "Hey Jude" cliche:
I > IV > bVII > I

the pre-chorus with an open harmony:
bIII > IV

Chorus has a root-wise pentatonic rising progression:
I > bIII > IV > bVI > bVII
see this same progression also in Bon Jovi's "Keep The Faith".

the title phrase of the chorus (C):
bIII > IV > I


the bridge with the usual-for-avoiding tonic-free harmony:
bVI bIII bVI IV bVII

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