Nice punchy song a bit too crowded at times

Under The Stairs Freakwood

On this one I like the verse more than the chorus... cannot help to think it should be the other way round, but there you go.

The verse sounds like an outtake from a Police record. Good combination of straight acoustic + driven bass, and drums.

The acoustic is a bit bulky though, mix-wise, I would have cut down a little bit of lows to give room to the rest of the instrumentation and vocals. The drums are rather compressed, I'd say too much, and I get the feeling I already heard some songs mixed by the same guy, with the same heavy handed compression. Somehow this one feels better than the last one that I heard of the same kind, still I would have loved to hear the drums breathe a bit more. The constant smack of the snare might be punchy but it's also tiring...

The chorus is less rhythmically interesting IMO. It gets into a rather standard rock mode, which is not bad, just a let down from the verses... It also feels quite crowded, big background vocals make it full enough that the lead guitar on the right (which significantly enough is mixed quite low) is unnecessary. I'd say that the guy who mixed that recognized it as such, but didn't go as far as using the mute button, which I think would have been a much better decision.

Vocals are great, and the melody is almost hooky which makes for a fun tune that with repeated listen could stay in your head.

The production is probably up to modern standard but I can't help but think that the loudness was is making this one lose: a touch more breathing would have been really welcome.


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