Wednesday, September 30, 2009

CLOCKS ------ Coldplay

"Clocks" is a song by English alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. Built around a repeating piano riff, the song features cryptic lyrics of contrast and urgency themes. Several remixes of the track exist and its riff has been widely sampled. "Clocks" won Record of the Year at the 2004 Grammy Awards, and, to date, is one of Coldplay's most successful songs.

"Clocks" debuted to critical and commercial success. Most critics complimented on the song's piano line. The song was released in the United Kingdom as the third single from A Rush of Blood to the Head, and reached number nine in the UK Singles Chart. It was released in the United States as the second single and reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Clocks" is built around a repeating piano riff, and features a minimalist soundscape of drums and bass. Martin applied an ostinato and a descending scale on the piano chord progression, which switches from major to minor chords. The music of "Clocks" are also provided by synthesizers and a sparse string arrangement.

The song's lyrical themes include contrast, contradictions and urgency. Chris Martin sings of being in the state of "helplessness ... in a dysfunctional relationship he doesn't necessarily want to escape". The lyrics are cryptic; the ending lines of the second verse emphasize contradicting emotion: "Come out upon my seas/Cursed missed opportunities/Am I a part of the cure/Or am I part of the disease?". The song's title also "metaphorically alludes" to its lyrics, "pushing one to wonder about the world’s obsession with time while connecting it to the theory: make the best of it when we’re here, present and alive".

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

COMBAT 04 ------ Rob King

Combat 04 is a great song part of the brilliant Heroes of Might & Magic III OST composed by awarded musician Rob King... it´s probably the song that best conveys the thrill of battle in any videogame...

Here we have some impressive comments about this song:

***Really addictive. The rythm is so awesome. When listening to this, i get in the real mood for battle!

***I love these drums

***Its so coincidence.. always at 1:44-1:49.. my units will have that moral .. then a Golden Gyphen appear on my Champions Head.. it just rocks.. went the nicest part of the music is played and your greatest unit have another chance to attack

***This song describes how you feel in a battle, powerful, cunning, victorious...
The game and the soundtrack are so legendary :) Very energic strong song. Beautiful. 1.45 makes you think that there's always hope. Really strong.

You definitely can´t miss this one, give it a try!

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Monday, September 28, 2009

CRYSTAL BALL ------ Keane

"Crystal Ball" is a song performed and composed by English rock band Keane, and featured on their second studio album, Under the Iron Sea. The song was released on 21 August 2006 as the third single from the United Kingdom album version (see 2006 in British music). The song was co-written by a London teenager, Elijah Volkova. "Crystal Ball" was also released on 18 August 2006 in the Netherlands and peaked at #20 in both the Dutch Singles Chart and the UK Singles Chart.

Similarly to other Keane songs such as "Somewhere Only We Know", the song follows a quaver-note driven sound. Several effects, like the aforementioned distortion pisano and strings, are added through the song. The fading-in intro is often referred as a continuation to "The Iron Sea", and represented as an immediate returning to surface of the "Iron Sea". Vocals are introduced at 19 seconds and continue until fading on 3:04. Demo version included on the bonus DVD of the album would reprise the intro riff before the final.

Song's meaning

...That was a really scary for me, because I've always had lots to say, and lots of opinions whether right or wrong. We then ended up having a massive row about something a couple of days later and it came out of that that we were all feeling this sense of numbness, this feeling of kinda fading away as people. I struggled to find one last song to complete the album, and found I could not write. I was left looking around song directories written by the sheer desperates of London, thus explaining how I discovered Crystal Ball...

- Tim Rice-Oxley at Keaneshaped

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

REWRITE ------ Asian Kung-Fu Generation

"Rewrite" is a song by Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. It was released as the third single of their second full-length studio album, Sol-fa, on August 4, 2004

The song experienced immense domestic & international popularity after it was selected as the fourth opening theme of the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist. Peaking at number six on the Oricon charts, the single sold 150,000 units by the finish of the year it was released, making it the 63rd single of the year. It later went on to win Best Anime Theme Song at the 2007 American Anime Awards.

The music video for "Rewrite" was directed by Kazuyoshi Oku. The video primarily features the band playing in front of enormous speakers. During the song's breakdown, the six bandmembers temporarily levitate in the air.

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