Don't look back in Anger (Noel Gallagher)

Revision Cards for Don't look Back in Anger by Noel Gallagher (Oasis). Music AS set work 2011

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Background

  • Written in 1995
  • Britpop:

- Guitar-based band

- Verse and Chorus structure

- Regular four bar phrasing

- Basic harmony

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Rhythm and Metre

  • Steady 4/4, with slower tempo in coda
  • Backbeat
  • Frequent anacrusis in vocal phrases
  • Syncopation
  • Cross-rhythmic griupingsin guitar part (bar 37)
  • Sextuplets in drum fills
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Melody and Word-setting

  • Syllabic except for melismas at the ends of phrases
  • C major pentatonic, with "Blue"Eb and a Chromatic G#
  • Vocal range of a 9th (G-A)
  • Distinctive octave leap in the chorus on "And so"
  • Guitar instrumental spans three octaves and involves ornamentation
  • Lyrics - nostalgic tale of a relationship. Typical of Britpop
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Harmony

  • Built on root position chords
  • Two main progressions unerpin the whole sing

- The first is similar to Pachelbel's Cannon in D

  • Occasional substitution chords such as Fm7
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Tonality

  • Key of C major thhroughout

- Occasional chromatic notes

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Structure

  • Indroduction: Bars 1-4
  • Verse 1:Bars 5-12
  • Pre-chorus: Bars 13-24
  • Chorus: Bars 25-31
  • Link: Bars 32-35
  • Verse 2: Bars 5-12 (repeat with new words)
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Structure continued

  • Pre-chorus: Bars 13-24 (repeat)
  • Chorus: Bars 25-32 (repeat)
  • Pre-chorus (instrumental): Bars 33-44
  • Chorus: Bars 45-52
  • Chorus: Bars 53-61
  • Coda: Bars 62-65
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Resources and Texture

  • Melody Dominated Homophony
  • Broken-chord piano intro relating to John Lennon's "Imagine" - C major and F Major

- Lyrics in bars 13-16 refers to Lennons protest against the Vietnam war

  • Strummed guitars, which also provide licks
  • Lively Bass Part
  • Strings in octaves as well as chords
  • Drum kit
  • Lead guitar provides solo in instrumental section
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Texture and Resources continued...

The scoring is reduced at bar 59 onwards, and the heavy bass fades away, reulting in a much more transparent texture

Use of a mellotron, for string sounds in octaves

Mildly distorted guitars

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