Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wouldn't It Be Nice

This modulation happens within the first 10 seconds (though you should listen to this whole song, and whole album, because they are both awesome):

A conventional four-bar arpeggiated introduction (I – vi – ii – V, strongly establishing a key area) gives way to a wailing vocal that enters a full step above where you’d expected to be.
Rather than intensification (there’s barely anything to intensify), the purpose here seems to be disorientation, and through disorientation, the bold announcement of a new sound that turned out to be a seminal change in pop music; Sir Paul McCartney has gone on record saying that without Pet Sounds, there would have been no Sgt. Pepper.
-Matthew Wrather from

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