This guy, Rick Beato, analyzes the chord progressions, and comes to that conclusion:
Yeah, the whole premise of that video is overblown and "look at how smart I am" smarminess. There are way more complex tunes out there. Truth of the matter is, it's a pop song. And a boring, formulaic one at that. Nothing to see here.The guy clearly knows chord theory, but he's overplaying the so-called "complexity". At its core, it a bunch of 2-5-1s with a couple key changes. The "difficulty" I suppose is relegated to the voicings and the turnarounds. No biggie unless your musical diet is 90% 12-bar blues. I think he makes it a big deal because he's a businessman hocking his big-note guitar song books...
I've always envied people who can play by ear, or hear a song and are able to write down the notation, or can transpose a written score on the fly (to accompany a singer who needs a different key). My piano skills are also limited to reading, and playing a score as written. There are so many songs I'd like to learn, but the sheet music is either long out of print and impossible to find, or was never available in the first place.One talent I never seemed to be able to acquire was the ability to hear a chord and know what it was or even how to re-create it on the piano. As a result, my piano "talent" has always been reduced to reading a score and attempting to play it as-written. So when I see people who can hear a chord and instantly be able to rattle off what it is - I find that a bit magical.
I agree. While I was excited to see Sergio had returned to the "A&M fold" I soon realized that he was now more of a "Quincy Jones - producer" than a "Sergio Mendes - artist" with this release. However I was excited by the success of this album (and this single) even if it wasn't what I was expecting from him. "Rainbow's End" is my favorite cut from the LP, written by David Batteau, whose self titled LP from the mid-70s is a favorite of mine...I listened to that record on the radio hundreds of times before I knew it was Sergio. And as it turns out, it's only a produced-by-Sergio recording.