Sam Inglis wrote:
Actually, it was all done to a two-bar drum loop!...https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques ... ayin-alive
Mainly I think it's a brilliant arrangement -- there are tons of instruments but nothing is too busy and all the parts are great in their own right.
My thoughts also.
Absolutely agree. Great arrangement, bar, by bar, contrast, and each riff has its own place in the arrangement, lots of interest, and you do not consciously notice the changes made throughout the songs. Not sure if counterpoint in the right term to describe this - the presence of complementary non-unison, every instrument/voice has its own melodic line, going in somewhat different directions, yet held together by some cohesive force, the ear is entertained by this cohesive divergence, and remains captured - until the song ends.
With great music, there's also what I would call "magic", something you cannot fully grasp, a coincidence of all the right things, that is very different and special, something you have not heard before in exactly the same way, beyond arrangement something in the production - like all the stars were aligned, and sometimes these things are impossible to repeat. I give an example - the latter version of We are the World - et al, has much better sonics(recorded digitally), than the original, but cannot compare in completeness - like being satisfied after a good meal - same song, but the original arrangement, production/mixing/mastering, etc had the "magic"...
Other ways this is described is vibe, in the pocket, groove.. also I think artists, the good ones, took a lot more time to get things right, to create songs that are so good, you still enjoy decades after. Great timing, between the musicians.
A lot of Michael Jackson's earlier music, has this feature also, in the old days I described it as a new thematic variation, every 10 seconds (or every few bars)- something new introduced, or reintroduced throughout the song that keeps your ear rewarded for listening.... You do not notice the changes consciously, but on critical listening, it's all there in plain sight.
If I may add the great songs have superb mixing, which I consider as a final form of arrangement, getting the levels right - foreground, background, balanced throughout the song.