Love Will Find You by Kris Allen

Letting You InTrack: Love Will Find You
Album: Letting You In
Artist: Kris Allen
Genre: alternative, indie, pop
Music Rating: 8/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Overall:
8/10
Sounds Like: John Mayer, Mat Kearny, Matt Nathanson, Phillip Phillips
Interesting Fact: Kris played viola before he taught himself to play the guitar at around age 13 (though he also continued to play viola thereafter).
Bonus Fact: I too started with symphonic musical origins before teaching myself to play guitar around the age of 13. Twinners!
Best thing About this Track: BRIDGE! (No, not the one to Terabithia. Who are you people? That one makes children cry.)
One thing I wish was different: Second verse is not my jam. I get it, but it’s not really in alignment with my personal druthers. The first two lines are throwaway just to set up an alteration in structure (which I dislike) for emotional effect, and I hate that I love that he’s talking about sushi out of nowhere. It’s like I want to be a cranky old man about this, but it kind of disarms me with its charm anyways.
Website: Kris Allen

When this album first came out (Mar 18th if anyone was wondering), I immediately loved this song and put it on my generalized writing to-do list without scheduling it into posts specifically. Very soon thereafter, there began to emerge an amazing and insane movement in the new music release department, so I must admit that this song got shuffled around a bit as I became overwhelmed with a tidal wave of new music that I was in love with. (Hey, it did at least appear in Apr 4th’s Weekly Charts!)

This influx of awesomeness was a happy surprise, but not without its obstacles. (I know: #FirstWorldProblems! Ugh, I’m so inspired with an inundation of amazing music! My life is so hard, right?) But in all seriousness, I just felt paralyzed and didn’t quite know where to start with this deluge of amazing materials. I flitted around from song to song, bounced from album to album, ping-pong’d between genres, ran like a madwoman from guitars and pianos to headphones and computers before finally coming away very dizzy, a little confused, and with absolutely no idea what on earth I was doing or what I should write about.

Most people think of writers’ block as having no direction or inspiration creatively, but it is just as stifling to have a billion ideas pulling your brain in different directions all at once. So, I decided that I needed some grounding. I basically had two options:

1) Sprint after my inspiration in desperation with a sledgehammer, trying to pound it into submission, forcing it into a productive channel with sheer willpower and determination, or
2) Just live life a little instead of trying to force it to happen

Well, I’m lazy, so we all know which one I ended up going with. 😉 As soon as I stopped trying to obsess over capturing and analyzing every thought or feeling about every amazing musical moment or melody as it wisped by me on the wind, I felt a wave of peace wash over me. Then I remembered this song! So, here we are. Longest intro ever.

I think Imma just let that rambling monologue suffice for commentary on the lyrics for now and move on to the music, because life is the best teacher and we’ve already established that I’m lazy and should not go chasing after things like a crazy person. We start out with a lovely little lead playing a melody line what will continue to be the main musical motif throughout the song, and I’m about to break it down and compress into chords for the sake of analysis. (Okay, fine. Also for funsies and because I’m a guitarist. But mostly analysis!)

This introductory theme kind of separates itself into four lines, with the first two and last two being echoes of one another. Starting with the first line, we can smash it all together and come out with a lovely looking Cadd9 with the last tone of the tune acting as a lead-in to our second melody-line/chord which will be a beautiful Amadd4. Seeing the commonalities already? He’s arpeggiating simple chords and throwing in the second (ii) of the key. What?! The third line is a clone of the first, setting up an analogous but slightly altered fourth line which ditches the D and gives us instead an Amadd9! So much fun! He’s playing with parallel patterns between chords and keys, and I must admit it has me giggling with glee.

So, to recap: the first two chords represent the I and vi of the key, sharing a commonality in the addition of the ii of the key, while the third & fourth lines represent the I and vi of the key, sharing a commonality in the addition of their own relative ii of the chord. Boom! Love this song already, and we’ve only gone about 10 seconds in.

Let’s talk about that bass! The bass is kind of the motor of a song (somewhat out of sight, but still the main driving force) and this one is on overdrive! It starts laying the foundation for this song from the very first second, and scarcely has time to draw breath as it keeps working overtime, evolving and changing throughout the song, ever faithful to the tone and structure of the groove of its genesis. Let’s talk backbone: a pair of trios make up the framework of the bassline. A duo of triads, if you will. Binary triplets? Yeah, binary triplets. That’s the best. Triplet numero uno: I, V, IV. Triplet dos: IV, V, I. Bam! It’s a simple descending staircase of a suspended chord before its reversion turns back time and takes it back to a resolution on the root.

Staying consistent throughout the chorus, it’s not until we reach the second verse that we come upon our first alteration in the bass. Retaining the same foundation and theme, we come in a little tighter with our intervals as the triplets change to I-VII-VI and VI-VII-I, coiling in a back and forth spring-y tension before releasing yet again into their more expansive back-and-forth descent and climb of binary triplets in the chorus. It’s worth nothing that this duo of binary triplets (the two from the chorus and the two more condensed versions from the second verse) are at times layered in the song to add texture. It works well, because while the intervals change, they share common directionality and the interval change is such that layering actually creates an effect of having thirds.

Bridge!

Percussion takes the spotlight while the bass gets put on the back burner for a second and some fun modulation gets its groove on. Pause at 2:25. At 2:26, lose your freaking mind! Just perfection. That’s it. The music doesn’t smash you in the face with its reentrance, but it may as well have with the effect it gives and how it ties back to the lyrical message. Now the bass is really hopping and harmonies are on point.

Ladies and gentlemen, I did not see this one coming, but this song showed up like a thief in the night, made me stop feeling like running, and next thing I knew, I was thinking about sushi. I think love has found me.

 

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Lyrics:
It’s not a puzzle you can solve
Not a code that you can crack
Not a twelve-step plan to help you understand
It’s a mystery, that’s a fact

And you don’t get to choose
Right place or the right time
So listen up real close, cause all you need to know
Is let go and hold on tight

You’re not gonna see it coming
Shows up like a thief at night
You’re not gonna feel like running
But that’s how you know it’s right
You can’t go looking for love
Cause love will find you, ooh
You can’t go looking for love
Cause love will find you, yeah

You might meet him on the sidewalk
Might see her in the checkout line
A friend of a friend might introduce you
Next thing you know, you’re eating sushi

Talking ’bout forever, growing old together
Wasn’t it worth the wait?
Every single turn, and now you’re gonna learn
Love was always on the way

You’re not gonna see it coming
Shows up like a thief at night
You’re not gonna feel like running
But that’s how you know it’s right
You can’t go looking for love
Cause love will find you, ooh
You can’t go looking for love
Cause love will find you, yeah

Everybody’s acting like it’s something you chase
But they keep running ’round in circles, never winning the race
Everybody’s acting like it’s something you chase
But they keep running ’round in circles, never winning the race

Everybody’s acting like it’s something you chase
But they keep running ’round in circles, never winning the race
Running ’round in circles, running ’round in circles
Running ’round in circles, never winning

You’re not gonna see it coming
Shows up like a thief at night
You’re not gonna feel like running
But that’s how you know it’s right
You can’t go looking for love
Cause love will find you, ooh
You can’t go looking for love
Cause love will find you, yeah
You can’t go looking for love
(Cause love will find you) Ooh
You can’t go looking for love
(Cause love will find you) Yeah

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2 thoughts on “Love Will Find You by Kris Allen

  • April 16, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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    I really love this song. I think the whole new album is great ! I hope I get to see him this summer. He does an amazing live show.

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