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Slowdive - "Alison"


Slowdive Alison

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Authored)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (2)

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Author Notes

Thanks to Septekka for chart testing and the following write up:
 
I'm just gonna give it to you straight here. "Alison" is simply an astoundingly gorgeous piece of music - it sits firmly as my 5th favorite song of all time, which is no small feat considering I've heard thousands of songs in my lifetime. It was the only single released from Souvlaki, and has remained one of the band's most popular and enduring songs - for good reason. Right from the start, the song hits you with spacey guitars that seem to just drift along, neither in or out of tune, before the vocals come in. Now, this is going to sound super hyperbolic, but there is not a single misplaced note throughout the entire piece, and every note of every melody is simply perfection, coming together to create an impeccable pop song. The lyrics tell the story of a drug-addicted girl whose life is falling apart around her, whom the narrator is simultaneously strangely enthralled by, yet deeply concerned with. He doesn't know what to do to help her, and when he tries to get through to her, she just laughs it off, casually denying the reality of what's happening to her.
 
The drum track in this song is likely one of the most fun on the album, sticking mainly to a driving 8th note beat on the ride, but with lots of ghost notes and fills throughout the song, and a slight swing to it all that gives the song a bit more of a lively and upbeat feel.
 
The guitar part consists of a mix of chords and single note arpeggio patterns, with plenty of variation throughout the whole song keeping it interesting. It also concludes with *gasp* a guitar solo - a simple, but very pretty one.
 
The bass part is simple, being mostly 8th notes on different frets, but it contributes a lot to the song - that blue-orange-yellow-red progression in the chorus is just delightful.
 
Vocals, like most of the songs on this album, aren't too hard to sing, but it's such a lovely melody that I can hardly imagine not having some fun singing it. Plus, there's a nice harmony in the chorus where Goswell joins in that really completes the part.



6 Comments

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RedVIII
May 20, 2018

Any chance we get some more songs from the new album? I would love Don't Know Why, No Longer Making Time and Go Get It so much!!

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DemonUnicorns
May 21, 2018

Any chance we get some more songs from the new album? I would love Don't Know Why, No Longer Making Time and Go Get It so much!!

As much as I enjoy the new album, I probably won't do anymore for the time being. There's just so much I want to do! I'll probably be doing some more songs soon from Just for a Day, but I'll keep in mind the songs you listed!
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RedVIII
May 21, 2018

As much as I enjoy the new album, I probably won't do anymore for the time being. There's just so much I want to do! I'll probably be doing some more songs soon from Just for a Day, but I'll keep in mind the songs you listed!

Too bad, but maybe sometime in the future, so the hope lives on. I know that I'm in the minority in that I'm not a huge fan of early Slowdive, but I'm addicted to the new album.
Thanks for all your work!

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DemonUnicorns
May 21, 2018

Too bad, but maybe sometime in the future, so the hope lives on. I know that I'm in the minority in that I'm not a huge fan of early Slowdive, but I'm addicted to the new album.
Thanks for all your work!

Yeah I certainly would not give up hope! Ideally I would eventually chart Slowdive's entire discography. The problem is, I feel that same way about too many other bands as well ;)

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frysdog93
May 21, 2018

one of my favourite albums of all time!! Thank you so much, this just made my week T___T I can't wait to play through the whole thing!

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cleverest
August 24, 2019

Thank you!!