WAIL (and before the final scores were totted up). IAAC.
Adam Adamant - vocals are mixed a bit quitely, maybe. A bit repetive by 1.45, maybe. It's all maybe. Yeah, i think the ukulele part is a bit under developed - not a bad song, just a bit wet, in all. In a manly way of course ...
AAD - There's a lot going on here by a minute in I really like. I am hoping it all clicks into place. "the work of an honest man" is so Frank Black it hurts, in a good way. Nearly 5 minutes is a dangerous game to play with somone like me who has a massively short attention span. I think that my initial impression stands, namely that lots of interesting parts here but not really linking up for me.
BGM - Now you have something to live up to, based on last time out. Sorry, but if you raise the bar, the bar is yours to drop, right? This is pretty, but I'm not engaging yet. Yup that's definitely a round, but I am not still feeling this than any more an exercise. Beautiful but empty.
BYD - Apart from the "haha! Rude words! isn't being gay funny?" embarrassment, I actually like this weird clash of electro & Jazz. I do feel like I got into hot tub time machine. That's not a bad singing voice, and I like the variety on last time out. But at heart I am struggling with the pointless use of the word "gay". Maybe that's because I am.
CC - Bleh. Did the title encouraged indulgence? This is pretty bland, and possibly the first chocolate chips song I have heard that didn't excite me in one way or the other. Defiitely met the challenge, mind.
Chris Coggett - Fuck Simon & Garfunkel, right? But a well-written song that met the challenge, so i can't be too tough on the judging. However I am spectacularly tempted to skip this at 1.50 - take from that what you will
DJ Ranger Den - some lovely harmonies in here. Proper round-ing going on here, I think (though I'm no expert). All very bluesy and emotive, but I am not attached to the destination particularly. I think I could cut 'n' paste last time's review. Nothing here that I'll be humming while I shave tomorrow. That said, it doesn't fail to meet requirements. Is that a compliment? I am not sure,
Frankie Big Face - organ for the win, obvi. Eat my goal! (obscure UK reference) Could do with a bigger chorus, maybe. It feels a little ... default for me. That said those BVs are great. And CR has a point in terms of reference points, but it made me laugh and I am nothing if not contrary, so I like. Booker G and the MGs spring to mind. Not a great song but not a bad one. Overall the main melody is just not that strong, for me.
GJ - is this written for *me*? Well, I love it. While repeating the word "round" doesn't *really* count as a round, it works for me. So stupid, it's clever. I don't love Canberra, mind. Oh OK i take back the round comment. Fair dos, I will definitely listen to this again, if only for the camp value
Gooey - I really like the chord sequence. I read the words before hearing the song, and I took an anti-democratic interpretation from it (probably wrong, all I can say if so is - maybe you want to consider the danger of how your abstract message comes across to idiots like me) - This is a massivley catchy song that doesn't outstay its welcome, but my own prejudice / interpretation is stopping me putting it top. That's likely my problem.
Jo Ann - This is real pretty, a little theatrical in performance for my tastes. Not much to say, except I hope you don't get voted out. I want to hear more.
Jon Eric - If I wanted to hear Sober ....
Also i *hate* the harmonica. What is the point of this instrument? It's all good, and everything, but I feel nothing apart from admiration at the arrangement.
LWA - Why would you punch a dead man in the face? Waste of energy. Could you be wittier? Apparently not. Other than the aggression, there is nothing here than a prettily performed but shockingly lazy, empty fragment.
MG - Ummm, this is fucking fantastic.
Merisan - oh that was almost too short to realise how lovely it was. I was like 'blah, got distracted by something else, and then where has the lovely song gone? I really like this! hooray! I thought I was just a "merisan" hater. Apparently I'm not.
Oyster Catcher - vez pretty and all. At 3 mins, did I miss something?
RG - I kind of knew it was you without checking! A little thin in the arrangement. I think I missed the round. Not much else to say. Sorry, man. I love the Residents
Second listen to see if it's in the music - it's "Baybel" not "babble". The round is in the music, right? It's too subtle for someone as ill educated for me! it's actually a good little song but I am unsure ....
RD - Why does a staircase have to go somewhere? Nice percussion. I like the tune much more than round zero - it's catchier.
Sausage - I can't quite nail the 80's reference I want to make - which is a compliment. Maybe an under-arranged very late period SoM. The solo is very welcome. The round doesn't work that well, in relation to everything else. I think you could varied up there by dropping everything else. The song would have stood it, at very least. Possibly a good 30 seconds too long. But definitely a step up on last time for me.
S & F - Not very snappy and a bit too much (Pink) Floyd - the backing track doesn't engage me, so for me there's too much stress on the (not so clever) words. When you say at 2 minutes "the point I'm getting to" the point is you should already have got there. If I didn't have an obligation, I would have stopped listening then, and missed the catchy-ish chorus. I certainly have no intention of losing another 10 minutes of my life listening again. In other words, point made, and acknowledged, but was it really worth the effort? I hope so.
IK - good bass line! I'm not sure which manchester post-punk you're listening to, but I don't mind as this is very pleasant. The quiet vocals make me hear rounds where there aren't any - a good little song.
Wreckdom - hell, i think I love this. Does this make me a bad person? B-52s on acid. I don't want to be stretching that comparsion three rounds in a row.
WSA - Well done getting the round out of the way early! There's something weird going on with the tempo to these ears - are we jumping the electric fence to progland this early on? Ah what do I know? it's pretty enough but I am slightly craving a punk rock explosion around 1.45. Which I know isn't coming.
"---- thats some wierd shit. you might have issues." (Hillbilly)