Creep - Radiohead
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  • These little surprises in a song really take what could be a normally quite simple song, and add so much meaning to it that it becomes a truly amazing song on many levels
  • Normally I would fault a song for being too simple for its own good, thus being relatively boring to listen to, but this song's simplicity is definitely key to its appeal
  • I love being surprised by a song, and this song packs one wallop of a surprise for those who decide to listen to it more deeply

    • by RedEyedFacade
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      There is something to be said for a song that seems to at first say one thing, through its music and lyrics, then completely changes up the tone of the entire song using a slight variation of those same lyrics and same music. It surprises you initially, then you begin to realize that how you saw the entire song before this change happened was entirely wrong. These little surprises in a song really take what could be a normally quite simple song, and add so much meaning to it that it becomes a truly amazing song on many levels. Radiohead is a band known for their creativity when it comes to variation in their song structures, and swings in the moods of their songs that happen organically. Among the greatest examples of this kind of mood variation is the song “Creep”, as

      it starts off almost sounding like a love song, but simple variations within the song itself turn it into this obsessive and somewhat creepy piece. With a simple structure, this song moves its mood around quite simply, but because the song sounds so simple, it also does so without jarring the listener in the least.

      The opening does a great job of setting the stage for the entire song. It is the same guitar line that is heard during the verses, so there is nothing truly surprising or different about it compared to the rest of the song, but it works well in keeping with its simplicity. You are given a good idea as to how the song is going to flow from its onset, and because the entire song is rather simple, keeping the simplicity within its opening moments saves all

      the surprise for the change in mood that comes later on. Had they decided to make a more complicated opening, it would have taken away from the feel of the song through creating another moment that deviates from the normal mood of the song, thus taking away from the emotion set forth when the song seems to take a harder turn.

      The pacing and music itself is good, though not at all mind blowing in its structure. Normally I would fault a song for being too simple for its own good, thus being relatively boring to listen to, but this song’s simplicity is definitely key to its appeal. Throughout the song, you feel as though you are lulled into this sense of security, with its dreary guitar lines and absolutely snail like pacing at some point. When this security is proven to be ...


      • Creep - Radiohead
      false, the pacing rises a little, but not so much as to shake you up. In all, the pacing and music may seem too uncomplicated, but this is wholly intended, and shows restraint from a band that normally creates musically complex pieces. The mood of the song needed a more down tone feel, and the music and pacing accomplish this easily.

      The lyrics and mood is where this song shines brightly. At first, you feel as though you are listening to a rather dreary love tune, with its emotional lyrics and slow pacing. However, at the onset of the first chorus, you are slammed with this guitar screech that wakes you up out of this lull, and the lyrics take a turn towards the dark obsessiveness that seems to explain the rest of the song. The lyrics and mood are beautiful in their

      complexity, not through what you hear exactly in a word for word manner, but for what they make you feel, and what they make you think about. The whole notion that the song is a love song quickly becomes decimated by the obsessiveness of the mood, and the sharpness of the lyrics when you hear them for what they are. This is something that rarely happens so organically in music, and it is so fluid in this song that it is impossible to ignore.

      Radiohead has made a ton of great music over the years, but this “Creep” still stands out for me because of the way it changes mood so effortlessly, almost without you even noticing it at first. I love being surprised by a song, and this song packs one wallop of a surprise for those who decide to listen to it more deeply.




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