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Monday, October 17, 2011

"Boys Don't Cry"

The Cure - Boys Don't Cry (1979)

This is a really catchy song.

It's got such a peppy upbeat feel in the music, contrasted of course by the lyrics; the singer has given up on regaining the love of the object of his affection. The guitar is simple, effective, keeping the song light and staying out of the way of the vocals. The drums are almost all closed high hat and snare keeping a real fast beat, staying on top of it and never letting us quit. The bass is a little quiet in this mix for my taste. It mostly doubles the guitar. The bassist was out of the band before the song ever broke in America. The little bit of lead guitar work is such a famous little riff. I think if you played just that little rise up into the fall, almost everyone would recognize it. All in all, the song is short, catchy, a little repetitive, and a classic.

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