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a bit shy of interesting, add to it .... cjdeneciaUntamed Jakob22
there's an attempt to make this an epic tune .... and to be sure, it's not far off the mark but a little more is necessary musically to make it happen. the beat is good, the drums drive all right - tho the hats and the kick match up well, I think I'd rather hear the snare add a beat per measure at least sometimes. plus, gimme some bass and some guitar or distorted pads to match up the hook of the keys to the vocals and flush out the backing bed so much better. don't get me wrong, what's here is cool. the keys speak to me, they talk about a musical hook but they need more support and some counterpoint action. the vocals are tight. the rapping is strong - with great word flow and super rhymes. the voice is pretty alluring and emotional but isn't all that unique. it's good. it's on ... but it's not enough and frankly, I sorta think it's not exactly living up to it's potential within the musical bed's approach. more variation and more dynamics would help. right now, it's just all balls to the wall and pretty much linear. this is the sort of thing that absolutely would benefit from some more hip hop aspects - like a female vocal sung over some chorus type parts to create tension and releasewhere now, it's just one thing happening. and the song is so short, there's plenty of room for it to expand. the tune is good, it's ok ...it just needs more and being as it's so short, there's obviously time to make it happen. step into some further creativity and take it to the next level by adding color to the song.
strong rapper with little support. cjdenecia22:21 Jakob22
interesting conceptual work on the intro, nice job of setting up the song premise. and good song subject, sorta different for rap huh? I like that .... on the sound .... obviously, big rhythm going on. grooving beat ... big strong snare and the kick kicks with a bit of verb - but to be honest, I'd like less of the verb to fill the low end and maybe add a real bass, with notes and shit .... the keys are way back in the mix, probably too far back with little else to give the vocals something to grab onto ... I do like the atmosphere created with the other sounds and female vocals but it's missing something musically to flush it all out. there's no musical hook nor riff nor anything to add to the song that gives it a musical personality. it depends solely on the MC ... I'd love to hear some NIN type sounds here. or some tube guitar power chording. or riffing. hell, I'd settle for some record scratching. something, anything musical .... why? cus the vocals are good. they need something to stand with .... the story is solid and fresh. the delivery is stellar. the voice is strong and confident and accessible and just downright professional. he deserves backing. good rhymes. good cadence and rhythm. nice diction and just flat out interesting vocals. he has the pitch and tone. he has the goods. help him out. give him a hook to dance around.
I'm lost here. cjdeneciaMink Stolen Part 2 of 5-Subterfuge on a Starship Interstellar Fur Traders Band
ok .... it's been quite some time since I hit on the other sections of what is this particularly large story of song. no idea what part this might be but it's certainly not the 1st or the last .... and so the context of the story is completely lost and forgotten. but we can talk about other things than the entire book. so, it's spoken word. with backing. and other stuff ... on the production ... quite smart. tho I believe the spoken word dude is a little too loud in the mix. but only by a little ... and the part is very well rep'd here. great clarity and fabulous tone. very FM while keeping an eq edge on the voice. mostly .. cus late in the passage, I thnk that even the uploader/engineer lost interest. it's as if the part was recorded in 2 different environments ... I'm talking about when the speaker sings. distortion and mud ... not good. pity cus there was some missing musicality there. anyway, the backing chick singer added some stark interest to the project in this section but didn't really sink her teeth into it - mostly cus the arrangement didn't allow for it I guess ... odd pairing of her voice with his in the spoken section - sorta spooky and to be sure, kinda cool. her mmmm's were good, a little raw in notes chosen here and there but the mood was perfect .... back to the dude talking ... lots of expressive points. excellent interest holding job. back to the singing outro section .... nice coupling of the harmonies and backing vox but the lead job was a bit blah and sorta yuck. he didn't grab any melody nor did he even seem to try. it's close in parts but far off inothers and that's not a good close to the song. backing track with it's voicings were good. nothing special but obviously, it wasn't meant to be. it is just a vehicle to call the project musical. I dunno ... it's not bad but it doesn't seem like something that many are gonna be able to or want to wrap their heads around. a bit chilly too ... very little charming warmth to the whole deal. obviously, a big ambitious project. props for the bravery but all in all ... not overly impressive nor does it hold any actual excitement. and because it's music, that's not working. it's really just so so ....
top shelf. cjdeneciaAngels Weeping, Once Lovely in the Distance Daniel P Hudelson
an interesting vibe ... sorta epic rock meets some sort of oddball pop that doesn't realize it's not really pop. the one thing that is sure is the melody is the star here and it's fully supported by everything else. like the band got together and said "let's make sure johnny is the star here, everybody take your part to the edge but pull back just in time to make sure he comes across as the supernova". it worked. the song has a very clean and focused sound, with every little bit holding it's own place in the frequency map just right. and it doesn't sit statically on that plan, it moves and grows and shrinks and flows with a dynamic rollercoaster ride that makes listening an experience instead of just a song. the drums hold the entire package together - with a good tight snare able to cut through each other instrument to be there for it's lead role in keeping the beat bone honed. and some really nice brass work to go with it's pocket oriented beat ... while allowing some freedom of expression. the bass fills the bill. low end covered well. loads of thump and grind but lots of notes too. each captured and showing off but not trying to overload the bottom ... a unheralded star of the show. hope he's the singer too .... the guitars are here there and everywhere, busy but then the model of restraint. but making each note, each string count for something. well recorded, with each bass note getting it's moment as well as every transparent high string way up the board ... and a well thought out and classy job of placing things in the stereo spectrum with the gits too. making sure that although the sound is full and moving, no one point in the half circle dominates but instead, each degree gets it's time to warm with sparkling clarity. and that's not even talking about how the part itself and how it's played represents the chord progression proudly but doesn't go all look at me - or simply just lay out the land in black and white. each note colors the landscape. fine fine f'ing job. even knowing when to let the rest of the best play it's game and not going all green with envy and forcing it's way into the airy moments with billboards saying GUITAR. but when it all comes down to it, it's the vocals. the melody and the word flow. the harmony. the voice and the delivery. and the simple fact that you can hear all that. you don't have to guess and you don't have to wonder cus it's all right there, every step of the way - but it never overpowers the band. or the song. it just takes it's lead role seriously but seems to know it's a part of the whole. and the singer nails each note, each nuance. each accentuated inflection. whether with a hard knock on the part or a simple matter of fact moment. great tone, pitch and timbre. lots of full frequency capture, from the clarity of the mid highs to the warmth of the lows - just a nice voice recorded accurately. making it something to really grab onto like you're listening intently to a friend and not some boring newscaster or a bore who loves his own voice. spot on vox. and love the backing parts ... tho they seldom call attention to themselves, they'd be sorely missed if they didn't exist. and that's all delivering a stellar melody. where you can't just assume but need to listen to really hear but once you do, you know it had to be that way. a grower, that probably isn't quite catchy enough to ever become annoying but is strong enough to say "that's my story" some good shit.
Still I can't define it? Ailwyn ReesState of Rejection The KWF Project
Hmmm! That statement sort of sums up how I feel about this track... I can't define it! I'm not too sure what to make of it whatsoever, but it is somewhat adventurous, almost prog-rock like. I guess the above paragraph explains why the individual aspect marks are up and down... the good points are the vocals, mix and production, in particular the vocal styles used, and they are mixed well. The guitars were quite weak, and I would like them to be a bit more prominent in places, but to sum up, I like Indie Musicians who aren't frightened to have a go at something different, and for that alone, your track is worthy of more listens. Well done!