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MusicStudy: The Falcons – “I Can’t Help It”


Rhtym and Groove Set to Changing Time Signatures and Amazingly Staggering Syncopation


Upon the first listen of The Falcon’s “I Can’t Help It,” you will likely be blown away by the heavy brass-lead opening. But I can assure you that after multiple listens, you will be drawn more to the incredibly dizzying (in a good way) use of time signatures and syncopation. It is absolutely amazing how steady and deliberate the vocal arrangement is, in the face of a beautifully chaotic instrumental arrangement that constantly keeps shifting and darting, belting out big bouts of soul with each movement. I can’t help it: this song is unmistakable genius.

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The Falcons – “I Can’t Help It”

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  • i the t

    beautiful gem right there.
    all in 3/4.

  • i the t, what’s up, how have you been?
    Yeah, man I really dig this tune.

  • i the t

    safe Said,
    keep doing your thing, this site is one of a kind.