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1) the pitch of the vocals go up substantially in the chorus
2) the drop-out of percussion right before the chorus.
3) the melody of the chorus ends on the root note of the song.
4) the tail of chorus is the title of the song repeated and hammers home that root note.
5) it's super repetitive.
It's also interesting that there is no bridge. And by 'interesting' I mean 'zzzz.'
The greatest earworm known to Western Civilization!
Regardless, "Affectless singing is very popular these days, and I don't know why" is a marvelous sentence.
If I hear one more baby boomer prattle on about how great the Beatles and Bob Dylan are…seriously, move on.
This piece is set up to answer the question as though it's a conspiracy. It's not. Gotye simply wrote a song; it's very doubtful that he or anyone could have known it would hit the way it did.
Pop music is interesting for its own reasons. It captures something about the leading edge of culture in a given time. It just is.
I like the song. Am I tired of hearing it? Of course. But, I still like it. And, I completely disagree with the analysis that his singing (or hers) is affectless. Bullshit.
Is it a simple melody? Of course. So what. Less can often mean more. But, it is within that simplicity that a more complex nature can unfold and be surprising. And that, I believe, is the power of the song. The simplicity of the melody betrays a more complex analysis of the end of a relationship than we are used to in pop and love songs.
A time after the heartbreak? Two perspectives? The lingering threads that remain, even after time. This is not a simple heart break song. This is a next-step evolution to the blues.
But, as I alluded in the post above, what I find really annoying is the hipster attempt to dismiss something if it is popular, simply because of its popularity.
We all have a threshold, and this song has certainly hit it. But, don't confuse that with some justification for a hipster "too cool for school" analysis.
well it looks like you've got it all figured out!
Seriously, why is music so shitty these days? 60's to 90's all had lots of shitty music, but there was a lot that was great too. Adele and one or two Beyonce songs are about the only things that stand out for me, and I don't even like them.
How do you keep a Belgian busy?
Put him in a round room and say there are chips in the corner. You could also give him a note with "see on the other side" written on both sides.
the popularity of Bonnie Tyler can be summed up in two words: Jim Steinman.