So, I may be submitting some of my handiwork here next week, so I figured I'd do due diligence and review some of this week's submissions. None of my comments are meant to be offensive, though many will be critical. I'm also fully aware that nobody has enough time to do things properly. Here goes:Authors Of
- DIDN'T LISTEN YET Berkeley Social Scene
- Great production, great jangly guitars. Love the interlude. No, serious, 'tis awesome. Don't care for the key change/dissonance/whatever in the verse. The word "change" is used a little too often as well for my tastes. Given our times -and if the name of the band indicates your geographic location- I suppose it's appropriate.Cville Ramblings
- Welcome back, '70's easy listening! I hate you. Nice ditty, nice solo, just the right vocal tone. Great production, too. Frankly, this one deserves to win or at least get second place (more on who SHOULD be first but won't be -later). I could hear a little bit of slide guitar in there. Not a lot, but a couple of chords that you slide into on the second verse and maybe a few little fills. Well done. You still suck, though.deetak
- I kind of like the mumbled singing, to be honest. Shades of Counting Crows. Nice strings in the background. The production needs more separation on the instruments though. You can hardly tell that there is some beautiful orchestral stuff in the background. Disciples of Beer
- The intro was most excellent...then you decided to keep playing it over and over. The vocals were obnoxiously panned, mixed too loud, and were probably clipping. Me no likeyDoris Kettle
- There is an audience for this type of experimental work but I'm not it.Dr Spectacular's Power Circus
- WICKED!!! [N.B.
I hardly ever use more than one exclamation point] This is clearly the winner -in my mind. Truly, this is the answer to the question "What would happen if Queen were held hostage by Tenacious D?" Maybe a tinge of Radiohead (ca. OK Computer
) thrown in for good measure? I just can't say enough about how good this is. Okay, now that I've hyperventilated, a few qualms. The vocals need to be forward a bit more in the mix. This song tells the timeless story of megalomaniacs/tyrants everywhere and that story should be entirely intelligible. You could probably "push" the grit in your voice a tiny bit more as well. Still, those are secondary concerns. The over-the-top goodness of way too much guitar, choir and gang vocals, the whole nine yards...magnificent. The only song on here that I want to keep listening to after this fight is over.DuToVa
- Don't care for the melodies or the modulation in the middle (personal pet peeve). Good production. Vocals up front where they should be.Elephant Choir
- Sunny days are here again. Nice relaxing tune that needs a lot more compression. Vocals remind me of Steely Dan at times. Like the female voice harmonizing on there as well. Actually, I'm listening to this some more right now and the only conclusion I can draw is that this a great tune that suffers from bad production. Fortunes Favorites
- DIDN'T LISTEN YETGooey Caramel Centaur
- DIDN'T LISTEN YETHeipa
- Love the intro and verse. The backwards vocals and snare/clap whatever (though that was a little too loud in the mix). Didn't care for the chorus. Also, if you're going to rip off David Bowie [played, played, played...(fame, fame, fame)] have the decency to steadily lower the pitch as it goes.James Owens
- Good stuff. Concise and original.Jim Tyrrell
- Nice. Vocals need more effects on them. Come to think of it, the entire piece is a little too dry if you're going to use that guitar tone. Doubling the lead and harmony vocals would work wonders, though (even if it's just copy/paste and then a tiny pitch and time shift). Some stereo widening would really help here, too [a free multi-band/widener called G-Multi is available at http://www.kvraudio.com
. Check it out, it works great.]Manhattan Glutton
- Ah, an Irish drinking song. Get Billy Joel and this one's just about perfect. Perhaps a little work on the lyrics and phrasing in spots.Metropological
- Oi. Change it up, eh? This is nearly unlistenable (for me).Paco del Stinko
- Liked the guitar tone. Trashy and middy. Don't care for the vocals and dissonance...except for in one spot. "Ding, ding, ding, ding, dong!" Wow. Totally gay. Yet I like it. Lyrics are not my cup of tea.Pigfarmer Jr
- DIDN'T LISTEN YET.Rosemary Leonard Art Studio
- It's okay. Though, I must say, this could have been put out there any given week and just have the British guy say "Sometimes it's hard to keep moving" or "Fortune Cookie" or whatever instead of saying "Made to be played". Just sayin'. It's still pretty tight, though. Kind of actually reminds me of Phil Collins's percussion instrumental in the middle of "Tarzan". The part where the jungle animals destroy the camp.Ross Durand
- To repeat Manhattan Glutton -nice guitar playing and singing. Lyrics could use a beating.Sven Mullet
- Jangle, jangle. Like the doubling on the vocals (obviously something I pound on). They're a little too low on the chorus -though I think this a more a function of the dynamism from the guitars. A little compression on the guitars would be good here as they seem to be about the right level during the verses. I like this song.Wages
- I like it a lot. The little fills and chords and vocal melody are pretty darn cool. I'm a fan of this style. The lyrics are a little "eh" in spots but I think that this wouldn't matter so much if you had a different singer on this one. Somebody with a fake British accent and smooth vocals. Don't get me wrong - I like your voice. What you do, you do well. But, you have to know your limits. All of that said, it could be possible that you tried to find that guy but your phone calls to Noel Gallagher always go unanswered). This could be a nice little pop/punk sort of ditty. This needs drums, though. I noticed that your last song didn't have any either. $159 scores you EZDrummer. I use it's big brother (Superior), but I've heard nothing but good things about EZDrummer. So, a Brit singer, some drums, and tighter production and you're a star!The Weakest Suit
- This song needs some changes in the rhythm to break it up a little more. It's okay. Vocals sound smooth and up-front (these are good things).
Sorry I didn't get to listen to some of these. I do this on lunch break.
My vote goes to Dr. Spectacular's Power Circus.