"S&M" is a bit different from most pop songs in that it has two choruses. The form looks like this:
Chorus, Verse, B Section, Chorus, Verse, B Section, Chorus, Chorus 2, Bridge, B Section, B Section, Chorus, Chorus 2
The arrangement is a pretty good study in song dynamics. The choruses are loud, as are the B sections, but the verse and the bridge are somewhat mellow. For the most part, there's a big dance kick and claps instead of drums in the chorus and verses, but the song gets smaller with a drum kit during the B sections.
* The Foundation - The huge kick and claps, synth bass line.
* The Pad - Electric piano-like pad in the verses, and a synth pad in the bridge.
* The Rhythm - A very subtle high hat sound
* The Lead - The lead vocal
* The Fills - The background vocal loops and answers
The sound is really quite excellent. It's huge sounding, and compressed without sounding too much so. This where the depth is created with different timed delays, some of which have a touch of reverb added to the trail.
Excellent pop production, especially with the layered vocals and the song dynamics. There are not a lot of instruments (at least it doesn't sound that way), yet it sounds huge, with each section sounding distinctly different.
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