Welcome To _____ reviews, part 1.
bax: Nice opening to the fight. I like this tune. It's not quite as edgy as it's trying to be, maybe. It reminds me a little of some of the stuff I listened to in the early 80s. At the time I thought it was the hardest stuff ever, but now it seems kind of tame by comparison. Don't take that as too bad a thing though, this holds up well enough. It's pretty witty too, and that always works with me. Nice job on the vocals. That 'Come On' was classic. Lots of silence at the end of this track.
bewells: Ooh, I'd like to learn this one. Well-recorded, too. I find myself wishing for more recurring themes in the guitar/mandolin(?) lines. The playing is quite good, but as it is, my attention is drawn randomly from one speaker to the other at all and odd times, and it's a little disorienting. This ends nicely.
brainpipe: My two-year old just stormed in and started getting down to this. I had turned it way up to figure out that microwave sound, and the song knocked me out of my seat. This is good. Perfect ending. On par with your 'Chainsaw', which is a Tyrrell family favorite.
cornonthecob: Wow. If I had a radio show I'd play this on it. It wouldn't sound at all out of place on our local college radio station. Excuse my out-of-the-loopness: has cornonthecob submitted before? I'll have to look through the archive, 'cause this is goood.
cowexchange: My wife came in and asked if this was Elvis Costello. I'd take that as a compliment, I don't know about you. I told her no, and then she asked if it was Howard Jones. I'll leave the value of that up to you. I like this. It moves by pretty quick though, so I think it'll take a few listens to get used to it. It's listenable enough for me to be willing to do that, so you got that going for you.
dankins: This file is way bigger than it needs to be. I'm on dialup, y'know. And it's not like a lower bitrate would have distorted the vocals or anything. I like this song, and I like songs like this, but I fail to see the connection to the fight title. The fatal flaw of instrumentals. That, plus ten seconds of 224kbps silence at the end, is enough to irritate me straight on to the next song. Which, since I'm at the end of this one, is no big deal anyway.
drwater: That's an "Uh oh, what am I in for" guitar tone. The vocals are a pleasant surprise. A daring melody line. Disappointing end, though. I was hoping it would build into a full-band thing. But hey, I've heard worse.
enpassant: Nice name. Interesting enough piece, but I'm not sure what it's trying to achieve. If there's a message, I didn't catch it the first time around. Art for art's sake is okay, though.
excusetheproduction: The production here is actually not so bad. The arrangement is decidedly sparse, and theres a lot of clashing tones in there (both in the guitar and the vocals), but it all feels intentional and driven by purpose, so I'll go along with it. The second guitar part around 2:58 is a welcome change. I think this song could afford to have about a minute shaved from it without losing much impact.
hisnameisdan: I like the lyrics a lot. This wouldn't be too out of place on the Napoleon Dynamite soundtrack.
hostessmostess: Boy, this is well-recorded. That percussion thing in the back (a fish, maybe?) catches my attention more than it perhaps should. Oh, those doubled vocals are gorgeous. This is good work.
jimofseattle: I'm a lifelong skeptic of SongFight instrumentals, and this may be the one time I vote for one. It easily satisfies the "was this song written for the title" requirement. I should change my name, 'cause I don't want to have to follow this. Just amazing.
jimtyrrell: This came out pretty much as I envisioned it, which is a rarity. I was quite happy with the lyrics. There's plenty of problems with the recording, but I'm making strides. Someday I'll actually rock, I swear.
johnnyibook: Note: I can no longer blame the quality of my song on my equipment. You seriously did the vocals on the mic on your ibook? Wow wow. Heh, my wife just asked if this was Roxy Music. I read the lyrics for this before I heard it, and I thought they were pretty good. But I must say, I like it even better now that I've heard it as a song. This is well-crafted.
klownhole: Waaaargh! The spoken bits fall flat with me, but that singing is dead-on. Haha, I love that hard-panned bit at 1:30. Out of nowhere. Around 2:45 I start to want this to go somewhere new. Oh man, is this ending seriously gonna go on for over a minute? Yep. Dammit, it sounds like I just took one in the Klownhole.
lukehenley: Hmm, I only got about twelve seconds of this one. How'd that happen? Sorry dude, I'll try to re-download this.
merisan: Mmm, that voice. Reminds me a little of Juliana Hatfield. This is a cool piece. Nice mood. I'll be listening to this one again for sure.
I'll try to get my reviews finished up tonight.