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Old 02-23-2008, 07:40 PM   #1
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songs that build up, and never quite climax. bullet boy, anyone?

it would seem to be a fine art to create an incredibly tense song, without ever climaxing or shedding the tension that built up throughout.

in other words, take "in the house in a heartbeat" but cut off the ending.

no better example to me, is bullet boy by massive attack. i love the singing, and the guitar that slowly builds back in the mix is smartly held at bay.



everyone loves to orgasm, everyone loves a climax.

but sometimes it's better to build and then walk away when everyone wants/expects more.

can you think of any other songs that fit this category?
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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Radiohead - Sail to the Moon

RHCP - Road Trippin' or Higher Ground
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i suppose... but that song's kind of similar to lcd soundsystem's all my friends, isn't it?

it might not "climax per se, in the sense that it sort of maintains a constanst climax. start to finish.

there's loads of unintended sexual innuendo in this thread isn't there... it won't get better.
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actually, the more i think about it, massive attack are the masters of this.
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Maybe not a great example, but the end of Sigur Ros's Vidrar vel til loftarasa never gets quite to where I wished it would.
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i'm not a big fan of it, but "Better Days" by the Goo Goo Dolls struck me as that kind of song... could have used an explosive chorus imo.
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"Turquoise Days" by Echo And The Bunnymen.

When you think it's going to explode, it goes quiet again. I absolutely love it.

"Just when the thought occurs, the panic will pass"
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Wilco "Less Than You Think" It's a brillant 13 minute song or so.
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Wilco "Less Than You Think" It's a brillant 13 minute song or so.
one of my favourite songs ever. i can't imagine how many hits it'd have racked up on my itunes if i didn't turn away during the noise as often as i do.
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"Turquoise Days" by Echo And The Bunnymen.

When you think it's going to explode, it goes quiet again. I absolutely love it.

"Just when the thought occurs, the panic will pass"
i like you. i've said it before.
we should consider meeting.
not to be creepy or anything.
just awkward. sound good?
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Pretty much anything off of Spoon's Kill The Moonlight album.
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:20 PM   #13
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Take a Bow. Never reaches overdrive, and you think of all the bands out there Muse would be able to rock the fuck out. The song is like an engine that just barely won't turn over.
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Take a Bow. Never reaches overdrive, and you think of all the bands out there Muse would be able to rock the fuck out. The song is like an engine that just barely won't turn over.
I agree with the studio version, but the Live goes off!
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Take a Bow. Never reaches overdrive, and you think of all the bands out there Muse would be able to rock the fuck out. The song is like an engine that just barely won't turn over.
I disagree




the song could level a fucking stadium and it does

the ending is orgasmic
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"Turquoise Days" by Echo And The Bunnymen.


ETB are brilliant at sustaining an emotion...I also love how they can be both dark and playful all in the same song. The Disease is a good example of something that could've been bigger, but just quietly fades away. Ocean Rain almost makes it to the very end...they could easily do a restrained version of that and it would be just as amazing.

Tomorrow Never Knows: The fact that this was recorded 42 years old is even stranger than the song.

Mad World: I'm on a bit of a Tears For Fears kick lately. Could have had a mad guitar solo when the vocals get frantic, but it just builds and gets quiet again. Really matches the lyrics.


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Take a Bow. Never reaches overdrive, and you think of all the bands out there Muse would be able to rock the fuck out. The song is like an engine that just barely won't turn over.
It's a great point...I've actually thought the same thing. The opening of the song is so incredible that you also most expect them to repeat it. For the past few weekends, it always seems to be playing in the car when I go grab a coffee. That combo really does the trick when I'm slightly groggy.

Sometimes, usually as I'm sipping said coffee, I do little imaginary setlists in my mind. If I were Muse, and wanted to win the crowd over, I'd start with Take a Bow and then go right into Starlight, with the piano.
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actually, the more i think about it, massive attack are the masters of this.
masters of their domain, then?
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:25 AM   #18
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That LCD Soundsystem song reminds me of a certain, subgenre almost, I think of it, which is to say songs that simply maintain a constant space throughout. It can be good.

Heroes by David Bowie. The afforementioned Cuttooth by Radiohead. Stuff like that.
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Plenty of Radiohead, especially the last album (Reckoner, Videotape).
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Even All I Need, although it does have a climax doesn't have one that's long enough. But I guess it doesn't qualify for this thread since it does have a climax.
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