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1

Structure

Strophic - verse/ chorus (has intro and guitar so,o as bridge)
Unusual phrase lengths (3,4,5 bars) - reuses phrases

2

Key

E flat major (weird for rock)

3

Tonality

Used many modulations
Uses harmonic sequences
First two chords clearly set key - Cm (VI) and Bflat7 (Dominant 7th)

4

Instruments

Percussion, drum kit, bass guitar, electric guitar, ‘jangle’ piano, piano, vocals (+ clever backing vocals)
Limited - used multi tracking

5

Instrumentation

Multi tracking/overdubbing - layer parts
Backing vocals - gospel inspired
Guitar mimics other instruments
NO SYNTHS

6

Time signature

12/8 - compound time

7

Rhythm and tempo

Fast tempo
Swung feel - syncopation
Important rhythmic motif occurs throughout

8

Melody

Similar melodic motif reoccurs
Syllabic vocal line
Guitar solo develops vocal melody

9

Texture

Homophonic (first verse), polyphonic (second verse), antiphonal (panning - left and right speakers)
Clear contrast between sections
Texture not crowded - parts carefully placed - intro (piano comes in one hand at a time)

10

Music technology

Multi tracking/ overdubbing
Flanger/ wah wah/ distortion
Panning - left and right speakers - antiphonal

11

Guitar techniques

String bends/ slides/ vibrato/ pull offs
No strumming
Each note carefully articulated

12

Harmony

Chromatic descending - bar 7
Extended chords
Circle of fifths (20-21)
Pedal notes