So this week was pretty surprising.
1. Down: Excellent but typical ghost snare/bass syncopation pattern.
2. Beautiful Disaster: 8th/16th hi-hats with an occasional fast snare roll
3. Amber: 8th/16th hi-hats with no rolls
1. Amber: Varied stuff. Single note ascension mirroring the guitar, two-note chords with a rooted alternating single and a semi-fast ascending pattern.
2. Beautiful Disaster: Ska chords. Relatively simple, but interesting for a tier 0 song.
1. Beautiful Disaster: Variation galore, but altogether simple. I think I liked the WT chart more. It seemed to make more sense.
2. Amber: Chill, but the HOPOs still feel good to play.
3. Down: HOPO chords abound. A lot easier than Crawling In The Dark.
Down was still a better Pro choice than Amber, but I would have gone with Beautiful Disaster anyway.
Ska, in my opinion, sits up there with Chicago blues as one of the most repetitive and shallow genres around, but I applaud 311 on two of these songs for rising above this. While I don't like Beautiful Disaster and Amber much, I can at least respect that the songs are theirs and theirs alone. Down, on the other hand, is nothing more than typical early nu-metal/rap metal. I'd rather we just remember the best of it and not this, thanks.
I could have sworn the cover for From Chaos looked closer to Vapor Trails than it does to Fragile...
Good week. Better than last month combined. We do, however, have a pretty large amount of '90s alternative out of the DLC this year by now. I'm happy with what we have, but let's take a break from this and modern pop, sil vous plais.