|PD: more recent song analysis||10 Jun 2009 05:42|
Bad Day - Daniel Powter
4/4 shuffle beat.
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.
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.
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:
... 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