Music Review: “Iris” Goo Goo Dolls vs. Alex Goot & Chad Sugg

This week’s Music Review will feature Goo Goo Dolls, Alex Good & Chad Sugg

The Goo Goo Dolls is an American rock band that was formed in New York in 1986. Since then, they have had 19 Top Ten Singles on various charts across the U.S. and have sold more than 12 million albums globally. The Goo Goo Dolls have released approximately 11 albums and have made 21 soundtrack contributions. A few notable movies and TV shows their soundtracks were featured in are: Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, A Cinderella Story, Smallville, Love Happens, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

This song especially is what made Goo Goo Dolls popular and well-known in the U.S. It was ranked #1 on Billboard’s “Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012” chart and was on the Billboard charts for almost an entire year. Not only that, but it also head the #1 position on the Hot 100 Airplay chart for about 4 and a half months. In addition, this song was nominated for 3 Grammys the year it was released. This song is is from the City of Angels soundtrack and the album was awarded a triple-platinum.

For many rock and acoustic fans, this song is a classic. Though the band is primarily rock, this song falls a bit more in between the lines of rock and acoustic due to the instruments used. The addition of the synthesizer makes it less of a rock feel and more of an acoustic rock song.

An interesting fact about this song is that alternates between 2 different time signatures – 4/4 and 6/8. What this means is that the song alternates from 4 big beats to 3 big beats continuously. This typically is not seen in pop music, as most mainstream music nowadays is either in 3/4 or 4/4 and is not alternating between time signatures. This makes the song incredibly difficult to play for most bands but keeps the ear attentive when listening. In addition to alternating time signatures, the guitar is tuned to a D (rather than E), which creates a chorus-like effect.

This song gets a rating of 9/10 because its melodic line is simple and easy to remember, and it alternates between two different time signatures (which is incredible for a rock song).

Now let’s look at the cover!

Alex Goot is a Youtube artist that has garnered much popularity from posting covers of popular songs and collaborating with other Youtube artists. He is a singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist from NYC. His channel, GootMusic, is the 1582nd most watched channel on Youtube. He has about 2 million subscribers and he has been recording must since 2004 at the age of 16. He has a released a total of 5 studio albums of his own original songs, 10 studio albums of cover songs, and 6 EPs.

Chad Sugg is a singer-songwriter and author who has written 3 released poetry books. He also performs under two solo music projects – one under his real name (Chad Sugg) and the other is called Backseat Goodbye. His Youtube channel has garnered a lot of attention as well, which has launched several tours within the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

This cover doesn’t stray too far from the original in terms of instrumental but sticks to a simple piano-guitar. The enharmonic chords played on the guitar in the very beginning was quite subtle yet a beautiful ornament to the cover. In general, this cover is soothing and a much more simple, acoustic version of the original. Typically, it’s not very exciting for a cover to not stray far from the original since there is no originality in copying the original song, but this cover made the original song much simpler yet even better and more enjoyable to listen to.

This cover gets a rating of 8/10 since its simplicity actually complements the original and the cover artists’ vocals as well.

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