Reviews! What a great fight. So much variety and some great songs.
I had to check my levels because a bunch of the songs were totally clipping out on me, just screamingly high levels. Then I was worried that I'd been recording really quiet songs for the past year.
But no, my levels are good. You people are loud.Hip Hop Anonymous
Hmm. Songs about murdering women. Kind of a creepy direction to take but I don't know how much I want to get into it after the 'Bitch' thread in the other fight.
That said, "women smolder and scream in my Rube Goldberg machine" is pretty hilarious.
I like the main piano hook; you've sort of distilled Halloween and Tubular Bells from the Exorcist into a nice little riff that is different but recognizable somehow.
I know you're voice is supposed to be a creepy psychopath or whatever, but it comes across as a more Jerry Lewis kind of thing. Which I guess could be even more creepy, in theory; but it's not.Future Boy
Absolutely love the Rhodes sound and your playing thereof. Something is off for me about how your vocals were recorded. Either I can hear too much of the room or there's a weird ambience verb on there or something. But the sound of it doesn't match the sonic space of anything else so it's a bit off-putting. Great singing, though, and terrific lyrics. I love all the changes and how it suddenly becomes a Michael Jackson song out of nowhere. The levels are really crazily peaking for me at that part, though. Great job overall.bgm
Truly an eleventh-hour recording for me, after chucking the previous nights shitty tracks. I'd written the lyrics first, which I pretty much never do.
The whole disco thing was just me trying to make a musical pun and is probably ill-advised but it made me laugh and so I just said fuck it and went for it. Really fun playing that cheesy cliché bassline.
Also, I realize that writing a line about an open door swinging in the wind is almost as unoriginal as "a dog barks in the distance," but I needed a rhyme for "keys."
As usual I wish I had better skill at the whole final mix and master stage, which I detest.Paco del Stinko
Love the bitcrushy distortion. (You'll probably get comments about there being too much of it...maybe it depends on the listener; for me it works.) The chorus totally went somewhere I wasn't expecting, in a great way...love the harmonies on this. It's weird, I have to keep trying to focus on the vocals, which I can hear if I try to listen, but my ear gets drawn away by everything else that's going on and so I miss the lyrics most of the time. I don't know if it's just a levels/EQ thing or what. Cool song.Sportswriters
Wow, very nice. Who knew you could play piano so well? I'm really enjoying your singing lately.
The drums are a bit off in a few parts, probably because of you and your wacky time signatures, which are less forgiving in that area, I would imagine. You know, there's no sin in going in and chopping up your drums tracks and shifting parts of them to hit your beats better, if you've recorded to a click. This was a revelation to me when I realized it.
A great production of a great song. Vote.Dejected Motives
The Autotune is just too much, sorry. It's really not helping you here at all. Your vocal levels are crazy loud and clipping, between that and the Autotune I really couldn't understand much of the lyrics. The guitar line sounds like it could be kind of cool. But then you have that kind of whiny horn that sounds like it's playing in an entirely different key. Sorry man, I had to bail about halfway.Dirge
Vocals need to be way louder, but you probably know that. Has a nice feel to it. Guitars sound great.
Apropos of your name, it's rather a dirge, isn't it? I like dirges. I'd say that the guitar solo is a bit too long and bordering on wanky.
Heh, wasn't expecting the change at the end.Ripping Hammer
Beats are awesome. Love the harmonies. Wow, really enjoying this. Bit of a crazy hum or buzz on the electric guitar track, but man this was great; really interesting. Vote for sure.Berkeley Social Scene
Reminds me of something but I can't put my finger on it. I like the keyboard. The mix is really appealing on this one. Oh I know what it reminds me of, but you might not see it: in the chorus, something about the melody and structure there makes me think of Stereolab in great way, or that freaky song that's playing when they go to the psychedelic party in Midnight Cowboy
. Love it.
Took me a while to get into this song in the first verse or so but I really liked the chorus so you sucked me in for the rest of it.Emperor Gum
Oh man. Totally gorgeous horns at the beginning. Love that.
I'm not crazy about the harp-like thing, sounds synthetic like a really effected guitar or a virtual instrument..
Really nice arrangement. The horns and strings are wonderful.
Your vocals sort of stand out unfortunately, because of the mic or how you've EQ'd it; it's thin and slightly piercing in contrast to the rest.
Very interesting song.Klownhole
I do like your vocal track, you can clearly sing. The rest of the track sounds a bit Spinal Tap-ish, the timing is just a bit off and some of the guitars are kind of sloppy. Mom&Data
Is that a Garageband organ? I think I recognize it.
I like the arrangement in this one also. Really lush and layered. Guitars are perfect and everything just builds really nicely.
A little bit repetitive but "no one cares," right? There's a lot of hiss when your vocals come in so you might want to cut out that track when you're not singing and maybe filter that shit outta there. Nice job though. Great sound.sonofsupercar
This one is really peaking for me also, super loud.
I like the feel of it. The best elements of some 90's alterna-powerpop without the boring pretentiousness. Love the guitar hook after the verses.
The wailing guitar solo is WAY too loud in the mix...my right monitor channel is solid red. This song could be really great with a good mix.T.C. Elliott
Ya, I don't know. I'm not feeling the whole mixed-genre thing. I think the canned hip-hop beat is dragging the song down in a big way. It just doesn't work with the guitars and vocals. I think it would be interesting to hear this song totally re-done with acoustic guitars and no drums and just one voice, one harmony.DJ Ranger Den
Really quiet! Crank it up a bit!
Your voice reminds me a little of Jewel. I wonder if you've heard that before? Just an observation, not a judgement in any way.
Nice song. I can appreciate the spareness of the recording and the intimacy you were going for, but I'd love a little something to flesh it out a bit more, even just some bass and a harmony. Or piano would be really nice. c.layne
Really cool. Love the loop at the beginning. Is it a laugh or part of a word? Made me chuckle.
Your production skills are impeccable. Great harmonies, great vox, nice guitar tone. The high chirpy keyboard on the right side hurt my ear a bit, but that's probably my bad ears.
Just a grab bag of nice feelings on this one; I love how you keep throwing in new things as the song progresses. Well done. Vote.Billy and the Psychotics
Ha! Pow! Great intro.
Bass rocks and what a great guitar line. Awesome energy. Totally fun. Wouldn't change a thing.
Probably my favourite of the fight. Voted and going to listen to more of your stuff. Life in Decibels
Made me think of someone on life support at the beginning, which was cool. I found the lengthy instrumental breaks after each verse bothered me a bit because I wanted to hear more of the story. A good effort but it seemed unfocused for me, maybe a bit of a heavy message for dance music. Also, man, that's a lot of silence at the end there.Pigfarmer Jr.
I like the deadpan delivery. Successfully in the vein of Dead Milkmen's Instant Club Hit
"you'll dance to anything by..." or The Normal's Warm Leatherette
Great lyrics. Your cadence or rhythm is a bit off in parts which betrays the robotic deadpan slightly. Nice, though.Wicked Cripple feat. dont reply
I get that it's COMEDY MUSIC!
but I'd love to hear the vox up a bit higher so I could hear the jokes better.
I do like the "asshole" hook, it was quite well done, in a musical sense, and catchy.
However the whole thing sort of feels like another SNL DIGITAL SHORT haha Andy Samberg funny nerdy hiphop thing .