The Stylistics is a great and perhaps one of the most underrated musical groups in the history of music, who specialize in the genres of soul and rhythm and blues. Their songs are nowhere close to the genre of rock and go on to redefine the genre of soul and rhythm and blues. In their song “You make me feel brand new,” the aforesaid phenomenon can be witnessed with the application of soothing vocals and instrumental track. The vocals are not shouted upon and are smooth and seductive in nature. The instruments are also not played in upbeat rhythms and melodies are also soothing in nature (Neal, 2014). This helps in sustaining the flavor of the song while maintaining the genre. Furthermore, the lyrics are direct and free of innuendoes, which act as a major factor of maintaining the genre of the song.
Carole King is one of the best singer songwriters present and she has been redefining the genre of pop and soul music with her compositions, lyrics and voice. Her song “You got a friend” is one of the compositions that prove her legacy as an artist. The song is very direct with simple lyrics and backed by a simple melody which makes the song an easy listener. Even though this song does not seem to fall under the genre of rock on the first thought, on the second thought, this can be classified into a softer version of rock called “soft rock” due to its simplicity. Therefore, the songs by The Stylistics and Carole King build up slowly unlike the songs from the upbeat genres which are why they are classified under the mellower spectrum of the rock genre.
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The punk culture came into existence during the early 60s when the people following the culture spoke against the mistreatments of the establishments in the form of visual art and music. The artists like the Pretenders and Bob Marley were termed as punk artists because of their attitude and presentation. As a matter of fact, the punk rock genre is also defined by the type of attitude and presentation that these artists had. The Pretenders composed and performed typical punk songs in their career and the concerned song “Brass in Pocket” even though is not typically punk rock but it can be termed as punk influenced. The song does not have extreme playing of music with similar guitar riffs throughout the song (Goodyer, 2013). The band is a four piece one comprising of a rhythm guitarist, a lead guitarist, a bassist and a drummer. This is similar to Sex Pistols and gives the same aesthetic and appearance of a punk rock setup. The song “Brass in the pocket” does not have much in common with the track “I don’t wanna be learned, I don’t wanna be tamed.” A similarity can be found out only if the song is slowed down and a chorus is added. The song “Punky reggae party” by Bob Marley is revolutionary songs the lyrics of which clearly justifies the punk movement and are similar to that of the songs of Sex Pistols (Laing, 2015). The songs by Marley and Sex Pistols convey a form of social commentary. Even though the song does not have a rock approach, it can be classified as a punk song easily due to the lyrics and presentation of the song.
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The song “Last Dance” by Donna Summers starts off in a “softer and mellower” tone than the traditional disco genre. The song picks up the upbeat tempo only after playing for a minute and twenty seconds. The song “You make me feel brand new” by The Stylistics and the mentioned song by Donna Summers have similar approaches in the beginning. In addition, the only similarity present in the songs by Donna Summer and “Stop! In the name of love” by The Supremes and “Respect” by Aretha Franklin is the progression of the three (Pons Albà, 2017). The songs by The Supremes and Aretha Franklin have a more aggressive approach in the beginning of the songs than the song by Donna Summers. The song by Donna Summers portrays a change in the lyrics from romantic to happy and ecstatic, where she seems to promote her role as a woman in the relationship. The songs are similar in nature and “disco” can be considered as a new genre altogether. In conclusion, the song “Last Dance” by Donna Summers is not only the evolution of the songs by the rest of the three artists, but a “fusion” of all three.
Goodyer, I. (2013). Crisis music: the cultural politics of rock against racism.
Laing, D. (2015). One chord wonders: Power and meaning in punk rock. Pm Press.
Neal, M. A. (2014). Songs in the key of black life: a rhythm and blues nation. Routledge.
Pons Albà, A. (2017). Measuring the evolution of timbre in Billboard Hot 100 (Bachelor's thesis, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya).