“One’s View of the Band U2”. Nicholas J.Fonseca Salt Lake Community College Music 1010 Introduction to Music Fall 2011 . 4 Piece Ensemble:. Biography. Originated in Dublin Ireland
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Salt Lake Community College
Music 1010 Introduction to Music
“I Still haven't Found What I am Looking For”
Album: “The Joshua Tree”
The album consisted of a heavy hitting sound and precise song structures. The album would win a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with the hit record . The song was inspired by the bands fascination with American life style and culture. In May of 1987, it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts .
The record’s theme was a variation of vocal registers and range. The main guitar melody utilized arpeggio and the rhythm was defined by a unique drum pattern, which seems to carry the rest of the instruments in the song. The songs classical soul melody and melodic guitar overdubs allowed for the lead vocalist to sing in high octaves and implement heavy background vocals.
00:00 Intro: The song starts off with an electric guitar playing arpeggio lightly as a tom-tom and a tambourine play softy on every count in rear. A unique drum pattern in repeated throughout the song.
00:17: Snare drum is added w a kick bass drum to mimic the percussion. They slowly blend in melodically with the lead guitar. Vintage Guitar sound.
00:26: Lead vocals come in with a powerful and soulful falsetto as the rhythm continues to repeat in rear
00:38: As vocals state, “only to be with you” the guitar fallows the main melody
00:59: As vocals state, “only to be with you” the guitar fallows the main melody
01:12 Chorus 1: Synthesizer plays electronic melody in rear
01:24: Verse 2: Beat repeats as crispy vocals harmonize. Lead guitar plays arpeggio as the music ascends in pitch .
01:43: Synthesizer playing the strings section with an electronic effect . A classical slide guitar gives the song a country folk sound.
02:03: Chorus 2: Synthesizer plays electronic melody lightly in rear.
02:21 Bridge: No Vocals. A jam session with the electric and slide guitar. Pitch variation.
02:44 Verse3: Percussion increases in strength as background vocals increase in volume and thickness.
03:23 Chorus 3 : Synthesizer plays electronic melody lightly in rear..
03:41 Repeat of Chorus with full background ensemble with choir
04:03 Outro: Lead guitar and symbols are added to give it a clap like anthem in texture. Simple bass line brings familiarity expressed in pop song structure. Simple bass line and kick drum
04:20 Music starts to ascend and fade out or away.
04:28 Sound comes to a sudden and abrupt end.
“It’s a Beautiful Day”
Album: “All That you Can’t Leave Behind”
Released as the album's lead single the song helped launch the album to multi-platinum status. In 2001, the song won three Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
00:00 Intro: A reverberating electric piano playing over a string synthesizer sound. Vintage electric guitar tone.
00:13: Verse 1: Vocals are in the front in face, crisp and dry production and mix. Lead guitar electric guitar with simple percussion. Simple meter.
00:29: A guitar arpeggio pattern first appears with an echoing reverb affect.
00:57: Chorus 1: Vocals are sung in a raspy and restrained texture with an added echo affect mimicking the guitar. Vocals are sustained at the singing of the word “Day”
01:10 Verse 2: Vocals are in front , crisp and clear. Repeat of music from verse 1 resonating with the listener.
01:38: Chorus 2: Vocals are smoothly delivered with emotion and soul.
01:53: Bridge 1: Heightening the track's emotion with a unique guitar arpeggio. Ascending in tone and building up.
02:07: Bridge continued: Vocals Silence. A guitar solo as drums move up in front with pitch change. Synthesizer is added playing an ambient melody proving more build up.
02:15: Verse 3: Guitar and percussion come to silence as a synthesizers playing ambient wood wind sound.
02:28: Percussion slowly ascends in the rear gradually increase in pitch. Thick texture.
02:43: Breakdown. A complete silence of all musical instruments as vocalist holds vocal notes with an echo affect over lapping main vocals.
02:50: Chorus 3: Vocals are smoothly delivers with emotion repeat of chorus 1 for listener familiarity.
03:06 Bridge 2: Heightening the tracks emotion with unique guitar arpeggio.
03:30: Electric guitar plays definitive melody loud in front with percussion in rear.
03:32 Repeat of the phrase” It’s a beautiful day” electric guitar with vintage sound play loudly with a catchy easy to swallow melody and chord. Creating an inspiration anthem like theme and texture. Played in major.
03:46: An abrupt stop of all instruments except for a Spanish guitar solo playing a melodic chord and riff until ending with an abnormal sound effect and guitar peddle distortion resembling electronic interference.
“Sometimes you Cant make it on your Own”
Album: “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb ”
As the third track from their 2004 album, the song would go onto to winning Grammy Awards for "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" and "Song of the Year
00:00 Intro: A vague low pitched tapping sound, a drum stick in the side of the rime of a snare drum steady on simple duple meter. Percussion brushes play against snare head and symbol. An electric guitar plays a simple and catchy riff, chord, and melody. Heavy bass guitar line.
0:23 Verse 1: A capella vocals. Powerful but settle.
00:36 Background vocals come in lightly and overlap and blend to build harmony
00:42 Light settle intro of acoustic guitar ascends lightly in rear.
01:03: Chorus 1: High in vocal range mainly in soprano octave with layers of background vocals on same pitch. Electric guitar riffs and settle simple duple meter percussion rhythm with kick and snare drum.
01:43 Verse 2: a guitar plays a simple chord and on two counts per bar. Repetition and pitch variations are implemented emulating a mimicking affect. Vocals match the tone and theme of the first verse.
02:20 Chorus 2: High in range of vocals mainly is soprano octave with layers backup vocals on same pitch. Electric guitar riff and settle percussion with kick and snare drums.
03:00 Bridge: An entirely new version of a guitar solo louder in pitch and heavier in volume. Bass guitar and drums all ascend making for a climactic texture. Vocals are high in pitch, powerful, and soulful.
03:18 Verse 3: High pitch singing with power and soul. Tenor with Raspy texture
03:55 Chorus 3: High in range of vocals mainly is soprano octave with layers backup vocals on same pitch. Electric guitar riff and settle percussion with kick and snare drums.
04:14 Repeat chorus as lead guitar repeats riff, percussion repeats rhythm, and bass guitar repeats riff.
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