PaulMaul Posted May 18, 2011 Share Posted May 18, 2011 When I recently listed my Raspberries/EC Top 20 and didn't include this song, there were a couple of incredulous reactions. I want to explain why it's not one of my favorites, because I like discussing music. Obviously, I intend no disrespect in anything I say here. It's just my honest take.SHORT VERSION: in my opinion, the song is much longer than it needs to be. As a result, it is less focused and less coherent than I believe it could have been had it been streamlined.DETAILS: I think the first 30 seconds of piano intro are unnecessary. The song could jump right into the first verse. I also think the piano interludes between verses are unnecessary padding, and slow the song down. After the second verse, there are actually two repeats of the interlude. I think one would be enough to transition into the second part of the song. So this first part could be 1:10 shorter with no loss to me.The second part is my favorite part of the song, and everything is A-OK with me right up through "every time I think of you and him together I break down and cry." I would pretty much end the song there, maybe with a fade-out. The part that begins around 5:50 was great when re-worked into "Marathon Man", but seems unrelated to the rest of the song. The part that begins around 6:30 would have made a nice piece of a Renaissance song, but again seems unrelated to the rest. The last minute of fadeout seems over-long too.I think this song would be among my absolute favorites at around 4:40. At 8 minutes, it just seems too long and frankly, seems to have some of the attributes of progressive rock songs that many around here deride.Differing opinions welcomed. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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