But It's Better If You Do is the third single from Panic! At The Disco's 2005 debut album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. The up tempo punk rock song features driving verses, swinging choruses, quirky interludes and a frenetic bridge. The story (told through the lyrics) takes place in a seedy cabaret club and explores songwriter Ryan Ross's observations about the club's dancers and patrons.
Steam Will Rise is the final track on Silverchair's third album, Neon Ballroom, released in 1999. This slow, powerful anthem features the drums with a distinctive opening groove using the bass, snare and toms, as well as quirky, syncopated pre choruses, and two powerful drum solos. The melancholic lyrics in the verses describes the diminishing of self, which contrasts with an optimistic message of reclamation of self that underlies the choruses.
The Little Things Give You Away is Linkin Park's poignant tribute to the thousands of people affected by Hurricane Katrina. The haunting six and a half minute piece concludes the band's 2007 album Minutes To Midnight. The song begins as a melancholic dirge in A minor. It gently wades through intriguing rhythm and meter changes before the song's distinctive drum beat bursts on to the sonic landscape. A snare drum solo and an extended guitar solo feature before the piece builds to a sustained climax.
This week I will discuss Orion - the classically inspired, melodic instrumental from Metallica's acclaimed third album, Master of Puppets. The song features the work of the band's late bassist, Cliff Burton, who played a major role in the composition of the 8.5 minute piece - contributing bass solos, melodies and counter melodies. Tragically, only months after Master of Puppets was released in 1986, Cliff was killed when the band's tour bus overturned in rural Sweden. A recording of Orion was played at his funeral but the song was not performed by the band in concert for 20 years.
It has been four years since Paramore's last album and much has changed for the remaining members since then. Their new self titled record represents a new beginning for the stripped back group. Part II refers to the song Let the Flames Begin from their 2007 album, Riot, which shares some lyrics and features an extended drum solo (live version).