How Adele Brings Tears To Your Eyes

How Adele Brings Tears To Your Eyes

Music is most likely to tingle the spine, in short, when it includes surprises in volume, timbre and harmonic pattern.

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 13 february 2012

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Michaeleen Doucleff looks at the how Grammy Award winner Adele seems to elicit “tears and chills” with her ballad ‘Someone Like You’. He finds from a conversation with Martin Guhn, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia, that music is most likely to tingle the spine, in short, when it includes surprises in volume, timbre and harmonic pattern:

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