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the beginning. at last. cjdeneciaMink Stolen Part 1 of 5- Camelot Bound Interstellar Fur Traders Band
inevitably, eventually, I had to find at least one more in this series to review and I think I've finally hit on part 1. which I think is my last ...... it's far more like a talking book with music than a soundtrack song and in that capacity, it's actually quite entertaining. like a movie without the video. atmospheric. somewhat dynamic. groovin'. melodic yet just a bit linear. a little psychedelic while being controllably tame and actually, mellow and sorta straight-laced. the composition of the music is led off and then paced by the very soothing electric piano .... the strings that are added are a little too synth-based but it is what it is. drums add the groove pretty well with decent sounds and a well conceived part. my favorite part of the bed is however, the bass - which does the most to build the dynamics. it's all simple and to the point and does well to let the backing vocals add the spacey ideas to the fray while the guy narrating the story line is casual yet expressive and quite easy to listen to. being as it's probably part 1, it's good to finally hear where and how the story starts. not that it makes all that much sense to me now but at least I get the gist. not really seeming like something that appeals much to me, I do like how it is delivered and how well it flows and how it is paced. really nice tone and an easy range to accept in my ears. incidentally, tho the concept of the lyrics is sorta freaky and unique in some ways, to steal directly from mythical yore doesn't show me much imagination as much as it shows that smoking dope while digging back through the old book and movie collection can yield somewhat mixed results. personally, I wish the band had made up some new names and not stolen so blatantly from history. camelot? the round table? come on, like make believe all over again? I don't dig the theft a bit. yet, it's a well done start to the show I already know ... in retrospect, it's the best part of the story except for maybe the section where the leading lady dominates. there, it seems just a smidge rough on intonation. not to the point of saying it's bad but definitely to the point of distraction. somebody wasn't dotting all the i's and crossing all the T's. but that's me feeling like I've had enough of this in parts at this point. knowing that the system here won't allow for a 60 minute song, I forgive ya'll but to be honest, I can't fathom reviewing this whole deal in one shot anyway. so .... what shall be shall be. good luck on getting that big deal.
A street party for the miserable old brain KrispyDestination Steve Ison
OMG, said I, what a hippy. Where this song takes us is some kind of dream place, full of nostalgia and frailty; multicoloured children, balloons and so forth. It’s a shuffling, floaty, hip swaying thing, a bit like Glastonbury. It’s not too long before some spacey guitar comes in to move things along and that was intelligent. What I’m really interested in is the unexpected intrusion of darkness at 2:34, where primordial creatures emerge with whoops and screams alongside industrial noises of unknown origin. An air of menace is introduced over the reassuring repetition of the ever-steady Style Council bass line. Perhaps someone is being run over by the previously referenced train, which reminds me of that Roger McGough poem about the sun being run over in Castle Street by a bus load of lovers that [she] has yet to meet. I like that image. Yes, I wonder what this is all about. What sping to mind is pre-war England where the established dignified and respectable idyll found itself under threat from the Big & Nasty Ideas of Europe. Anyway, to my mind, it’s a bus trip to wistfulness and innocence and mellow Sunday afternoon niceness. And, like contentment of which you were never previously aware, when the dream fades you notice that all along there was a comforting, vinyl-style hiss.
Lustre required: will collect. KrispyBetrayal The Harry Wood Band
This is a not unlikeable Blend of Dire Straits and Neil Young, without an identity. It goes along at quite a pace, squashing the words into small spaces so that they sound unnecessarily rushed and then hurtling into an unextraordinary, disappointing chorus. Not being given a chance to hear most of the lyrics means that the song as a message or story never gets a chance to develop. I could make out a line about turning around and putting me down but I’ve heard a lot like that before so it tells me very little. Thus lacking, over three and a half minutes is quite a long time. Tuning in to something so linear is a lot to ask of a listener. Some variation in vocal delivery would probably help with that, longer spaces between words, experimenting with melodies to go to other places. The whole tune of course comes from a very boxy place, though the drums sound okay and the bass has a few nice runs. Today’s verdict; not a disaster, has potential but needs some real love and affection.
Power Melody Circa 1982 stebanCollide The KWF Project
The guitar and synth leads gush with classic riffs that either by itself would be a strong hook, and together are even stronger. The lead singer's voice is like Justin Timberlake doing Metallica. I admit it takes some getting used to but in its more daring moments really handles the big emotion of a Poison or some other big hair zebra skin tights band. The arrangement is not overly out of the box, but the riff melody is pretty unique, and I found myself getting into it. The bass and drums are very dramatically used. The echo on the vocals during the verse is one of many excellent choices taken. I feel like I've timewarped back to the 80s, grandiose arrangements that propelled forth its own claim on what is rock, cleaned up and slicked back to cross into the pop charts. A worthy effort, and a song perhaps not aimed at the youngest, but I could be surprised.
oh my cjdeneciaMink Stolen Part 4 of 5- Battle of the Giant Minks Interstellar Fur Traders Band
oh my, I thought I was done .... seems like I've reviewed about 17 parts so far ..... no mind, I can't be far from done and actually, besides the one where the gal sings a poppish song, this is the most different musically. and it's actually probably more funky in it's own way. plus it has much more emotion and more dynamics in not only the music, but the story line and it's delivery too. it's still a talking book with music .... but hey, that's what it is. the production and voicings and voices are absolutely no different from anything else I have talked about with the other sections with the exception quite possibly of the electric guitar stuff - the tube sound. which is nothing to write home about but isn't annoying nor bothersome but I'm not sure I dig the quick theft from zep in this concept. and once again, there are times when the lady singing the backing parts seems to be just ever so slightly out of tune and for me, that's a turn off. her voice sounds good enough but it's just not hitting the same pitch as my ear tells me it should be based on the chord structure sitting below. how does that happen? anyway, points for the keyboard start, that's sorta coolish stuff .... coupled with the bass, it's something that might could be something cool in other worlds. the tense parts that follow it on strings works too. dynamics are good. some tense and near exciting moments if you're listening to the narrative and bed in context. it does fall back off and get a little tame again and that ends up being sorta boring but in a project this long, there's gonna be those moments. battle of the bands.?? frigged up man. like the whole story had no place else to go except follow the guitar line. not feeling largely entertained as much as exploited for the sake of settling with the first ideas. interestingly, I think about how my face must look while listening to this and it's all over the place. from shock horror over why'd you do that to confusion about how you did it. at least this part, tho thieving, is more fun than some other parts than I recall. it ain't dope and it ain't fresh but it is daring.