Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Greatest moments in rock and roll, part 5

Notable sudden and extreme decreases in volume between an instrumental intro and the first verse

Coldplay - "Politik" (0:26)
Manic Street Preachers - "Nobody Loved You" (0:23)
Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (0:25)
Blur - "Song 2" (0:30)
The Beatles - "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" (0:13)
Radiohead - "The Bends" (0:45)
Radiohead - "Just" (0:17)

Also noteworthy: The Hives - "Hate To Say I Told You So" (0:29-0:36)

This is what I call the dust-settling effect on the lead vocals. When you put your listener through noisy shit, and then take almost everything away except the vocals, it tends to magnify the emotion of the vocals, whatever it may be. The seven songs listed above all use the technique to different effect. The Hives do it, too, except they give a cool sound effect to listen to, during the lull with almost no instruments, before the whole band and singer kicks in.

The Tonics will have something like this at the beginning of "Portrait."

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