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band - great, song - not so great

Think You Know Best Jay & Luke

interesting .... with a vintage paul simon like melody, this standard sounding bluesy thing is pleasant enough.

nothing at all wrong with the mix and production, unless we're looking at the drum track which simply seems a bit too rigid and digitally formed. completely unhuman feeling and in this otherwise organic feeling song, it's out of place. which isn't to say the track can't be done programmed but go for a bit more variation in the attack so it doesn't sound so fruity loopish.

but the rest, the vox, the gits, the bass ... all pretty damn good. right levels, good eq, wide frequency - even the bass cuts through decently but that might be cus of all the air given the whole arrangement and less because of the bass eq/compression/level.

either way, it's all well rep'd on the output side of the mixing board. no complaints beyond previously mentioned.

the performances are all just very very well done. the harp is cool in it's bits and pieces, the lead guitar spills out the style well, the walking bass and 2nd guitar lets the style be well known to all ears capable of identifying genre and song form. and those that don't know how will recognize it all anyway ....

oh wait, not so sure about that vocal echo happening - not sure that's right. who uses echo fx anymore? oh well, musta thought it was a feature .... I don't but let's chalk that up to creative differences and move on ....

the problem is the song is simply just a bit too much "been there, done that" to garner much real interest. granted the chorus is an unexpected chord change city area but then again - what it does do is continue to make me hear paul simon. no one song, just a point in time in his writing history where he went this way chordally and melodically. I think it's pretty noticeable. but that doesn't detract from the quality of it - in fact, it gives it a very intelligent aspect but cus you ain't paul, it's not quite enough to compensate for the fact that the whole song ends up being just a smidge boring from the gitgo. and it doesn't move far enough from the beaten path to make it special.

so it ends up being old and tired despite it's fresh and pretty energetic delivery. the song end goal couldn't have been real lofty anyway cus I'm guessing the musicians knew they were just doing it all again with a slight touch of their own personality anyway.

a pretty weak filler song done very very well. only use this on the album if you have nothing else around to flush out the record.

it's probably got great potential live tho. save it for that venue and maybe make sure it's on your comp cd of your greatest hits (and use a live version)

cus the band is good enough to have a greatest hits album.


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