Gotthard - 'Silver'


THE BAND:
Nic Maeder – vocals
Leo Leoni – guitars, production
Freddy Scherer – guitars
Marc Lynn – bass
Hena Habegger – drums

 

 

 

 

TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "Silver River" - This song opens with several whole notes played on the keyboard.  For this opening chorus the first an 1/2 lyric lines where done with backing vocals.  Nic spoke the last lyric line instead of singing it.  After the spoken lyric line Leo kicks-in the rhythm guitar arrangement.  The drum line consisted of a tom-tom/floor torn.  It sounded as Nic double-tracked the two lyrics of the third lyric line.  The last lyric line consisted of just vocals.  Underneath the last lyric Leo played a small palm muting effect.  For the second chorus Nana switched to a standard drum rhythm.  After the second and third lyric lines of the of the third verse there was a musical accent.  This musical accent consisted of a huge musical hook.  There was a snare drum fill leading into the third lyric line of the second verse.  After the third verse there was a breakdown section.  Over the top of the breakdown section Nic sings several vocal accents.  This breakdown section lead to an amazing Leo lead guitar solo.  The solo lead to the final chorus of the song.
2.) "Electrified" - This pre-intro opens with a rhythm guitar riff.  Underneath Leo's rhythm guitar Hena plays sixteenth-notes rhythms on his crash cymbals. There was a keyboard arrangement that filled in the emptiness of the tom-toms.  The pre-intro itself consisted of several drum fillsThe opening pre-verse consisted of four lyric lines.  At the end of each lyric line there was a small echo.  The main instrumentation of the musical pre-verse consisted of just a drum and bass line.  There was a snare drum fill connecting the pre-verse with the verse.  The musical verse along with the way the lyrics was arranged gave the verse a very sweet hook.  The first three lyric lines of the second pre-verse consist of a vocal echo.  For the fourth lyric line Nic double-tracked his vocals. After the fourth chorus there was a very minor lead guitar solo. Over the top of  Over the top of the Nic sings four lyric lines.
3.) "Stay with Me" - This track opens with a very simple acoustic guitar arrangement.  For every measure Leo dropped the big E string giving it a higher pitch.  Doing this gave the song an almost western movie feel. After four measures Nic kicks-in the vocals.  After the verse the song kicks-in for the chorus.  The drum line was done with a hi-hat opening and closing rhythm.  In between the first chorus and the second verse there was an arrangement change.  This arrangement change consisted of a slowing down of the arrangement.  Hana added a percussion pattern during this section of the song.  This added to the western feel to the arrangement.  Over the top of the music arrangement of this section Nic whispers/sings "stay with me".  Underneath the arrangement of the verse the band kept the percussion arrangement.  These choruses had an unbelievable hook to them.  After the second chorus the leads guitar solo slowly fades in.  After the solo there was a breakdown section this breakdown consisted of both lead and backing vocals.  There several minor lead guitar licks underneath the last chorus.
4.) "Beautiful" -The track opens with a rhythm guitar down with an effects pedal.  After about one measure Freddy kicks-in a second rhythm guitar.  It is at this time that the bass and drum line kicks-in.  In between the guitar arrangements and the drum and bass line there is a keyboard arrangement used to give the intro a more full sound.  Underneath the opening pre-verse the main instrumentation.  The rhythm guitar of the pre-verse was very simple and done with an effects pedal.  There was a music arrangement change for the musical verse Nic attached a small echo to the lyric.  The chorus consisted of a huge Gotthard hook.  Fotr the second verse the band added the same echo as the first.  The lead guitar solo was in the middle of the chorus of the coda.
5.) "Everything Inside" - This track opens with a guitar effect.  Underneath the guitar effect there was a special effect.  The drum line that kicked-in the chorus consisted of an amazing rhythm pattern.  The rhythm guitar arrangement consisted of a very cool little lick within the rhythm.  Underneath the first two lyric lines the only instrumentation was the ride cymbal.  There was a small rhythm guitar riff connect the second and third lyric line.  The third and fourth lyric line was arranged the same way.  After the forth lyric line the rhythm guitar kicks-in.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  The vocal lines for the chorus consisted of a huge hook. After the second chorus there was a small tom-tom fill that lead to the lead guitar solo.  Underneath the last chorus there was several lead guitar licks.
6.) "Reason for This" -This was an amazing semi-ballad!
7.) "Not Fooling Anyone" - Another amazing ballad!!!!!
8.) "Miss Me" - In the thirty-seven years I have been listen, playing, recording music along with writing reviews.  I have heard thousand of ballads.  This has to be the greatest ballad I have ever heard.  What an amazing job guys!!!!!!

9.) "Tequila Symphony No.) 5" - This track opens with a rhythm guitar riff over the top of a snare drum fill.  in between the two riffs there was a hi-hat pattern.  After the second set of hi-hat patterns there was a snare fill that kicked off one of the meanest guitar riffs I have ever heard.  Leo and Freddy kept the same rhythm guitar arrangement for thre musical verse as the one they used for the intro.  The chorus arrangement consisted of a very huge hook.  The second verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change.  After the second chorus there was what sounded like a twin lead guitar solo.  After the lead guitar solo there was a breakdown section that consisted of a lead vocal over the top of it.  After the breakdown there was a second lead guitar solo over the top of the coda. 
10.) "Why" -Another amazing semi-ballad!
11.) "Only Love Is Real"  -This track was pure magical!
12.) "My Oh My"  -This track opened with a strange little effect.  This effect lead to a keyboard arrangement.  Underneath the arrangement there was a cowbell pattern.  The musical verse consisted of one hell of a mean guitar arrangement.  There was a snare drum fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  The musical chorus consisted of a rhythm change.  The musical chorus consisted of two different rhythm arrangements.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  After the solo there was a breakdown section.  After the breakdown there was a small musical rest leading into the third chorus.  After the third chorus there was a second lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo lead to a keyboard coda.

13.) "Blame on Me" - This track opened with a tom-tom fill.  The tom fill lead to a rhythm guitar arrangement.  Over the top of the arrangement there was a twin lead guitar solo.  There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the opening verse with the musical verse.  After the verse there was a snare fill.  The snare fill lead to a lead guitar solo.  After the second chorus there was a second lead guitar solo.  After the solo there was a breakdown section that consisted of lead vocals in beteen cymbal crashes.