A Clash Of Souls Essay

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If someone were to take the music I listened to as an indicator of age, they would probably guess I was born somewhere between 1980 and 1990. Maybe I'm a disco-dancing, head-banging, "fashionable" guy at heart . . . but certainly not in body. Music pervades my life, it serves as a background during even the smallest, most menial tasks. Of all the music I have had the pleasure of experiencing, no two bands appear so similar but vastly different than Weezer and Gorillaz. While Weezer creates traditional punk rock feelings, Gorillaz mixes in contemporary elements to funk up their music. The two areas in which their differences are most visible are the groups' instrumentals and their ...view middle of the document...

For example, the guitar in one of Weezer's most famous songs off their self-titled album, "Say It Ain't So", draws the listener's attention. Two notable exceptions to Weezer’s “guitar formula” are "Can't Stop Partying" off their album Raditude, and "This is Such a Pity," from Make Believe, where Weezer strays off their punk rock feel and into a pop sound. Nonetheless, a guitar is still present both songs. The group brings in other traditional instruments into their music, such as the piano in "Run Over By a Truck," off Raditude. Weezer is not afraid of using other instruments, as they further show in "Meri Kuri," from their Red Album, which combines piano, guitar, and harmonica in beautiful harmony. However generic Weezer's use of the guitar and other traditional instruments in their songs, their guitar usage defines the punk rock Weezer brings to the table.
Furthermore, Weezer's lyrics define their music, more so in their case versus Gorillaz. Weezer's songs justify the saying "Music is the purest form of art". Weezer's "The Spider" of their Red Album has literally brought tears to my eyes. The song tells the story of a spider struggling to escape a drain, but eloquently transitions to a relation with the narrator and the subject, his love. The emotion conveyed in the song is something that only music in its entirety, not words, can convey. The whole of Weezer's catalogue can be described as individual, generally unconnected stories, but lovely nonetheless. "Dreamin'", also of the Red Album, paints a surreal image in the listener's mind. From the song: "There are blue birds/ in the meadow/ and the bees are flying around. And the goslings/ at the river/ are so far from the ground. I am running/ through the meadow/ and the sun is shining on me." I can clearly see this meadow described in the song in my mind, as the scene is described so well I could swear I am there. Weezer's music is compelling prose, not just a sound to fill the quiet background.
Quite similarly but not entirely, Gorillaz's songs have lyrics that tell stories but serve more as concepts. The second...

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