Very Fine Lines: The Isaacs

There’s a moment in the chorus of “I’ve Come to Take You Home” by the Isaacs that’s really smart and subtle in its creative use of rhythmic variation. The word “home” is sung across a measure and a half, which pushes the durability of a single syllable even when it’s an ensemble note. But the arranger here chose a less-is-more approach to the problem presented by a weakly written passage: near the middle of the measure and a half phrase, the vocals dips a half step together - a kind of ensemble grace note that breaks up the measure aurally and rhythmically, turning a mediocre line into a very fine one with the simplest and most elegant of strategies.

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