Reviews! 1+1+2+?73 Keep It Beautiful
- I was about to say 'oh that chorus could do with a keyboard riff' and there it is in the post-chorus. This is a lovely song. You probably know your voice sits so nicely on this style. And great guest vocalists (I'm assuming family members but hey, doesn't matter). Cute and pretty.Balance Lost
- Yeah, that's a lovely tune. Glennny's appearance is not a problem for me, obviously, apart from a personal distaste for the old boys' club - doesn't break the challenge in any way. Not entirely convinced / able to hear due to basic personal tonelessness who is singing the BVs in each section but then again, did say I wouldn't judge too harshly on that, so no worries. Very nice musik. I think this might be my personal favourite entry by you this Nur Ein. See what a proper challenge can bring out? Lyric is shit though BSS
- 'Fascism' is a little jarring in the phrasing and maybe the lyric is a little on the nose; that said it's (a) message(s) worth making and it's undeniably funky as F, so yeah, I like. (And I like it even more on the second listen. A grower).Cavedwellers
- 'I knew a man called Glennny - he was always coming'? (PS that bit is my favourite vocal of the entire song, though all the voices sound sweet
). Top tune though maybe the arrangement is a little thin? Not sure. Not judging it on that.Dirty good bass line seals it.Glenn Case
- While I'm not a fan of country by any stretch, I like the ironic 'all round ours for a good time' party vibe of this. Perhaps the background 'fucking about' becomes a little annoying two minutes in but I don't mind it. The CCR backing vocal arrangements sit nicely. Points down for being on the nose, points up for the mood. I think this is a good ol' song for sure so all good.Jerkatorium
- Oh that opening! Some of the lyric is a bit clumsy in the phrasing, in the chorus more than elsewhere but it's not a deal-breaker. I'm a little worried that the arrangement can carry the song all the way through 'til we hit the gorgeous bridge and then it goes properly all punk pop ELO in a warm, fuzzy way. That last chorus / ending is some of the most wonderful music I've heard in a while and it makes me realise you couldn't have got there any other way. Doesn't mean I'm entirely enamoured with it on the way there; but I appreciate. [EDIT: Second and third listen - oh yeah, OK, I get it. This is TOPZ though maybe a cheeky lead guitar part more prominent throughout the arrangement would propel this into proper stellar-dom).Micah
- I felt you were playing it a bit safe but the bit Sally sings on (the bridge, whatever you call it) elevates this. I can look past the few 'Look at me! I'm writing a song' phrases in the lyric ('so wait for the key change', 'I'm just a simple accordianist').Nick
- Now That's What I Call 80s Music vol.103! That vocal is a bit wobbly. No, it's damn wobbly. I think the tune carries it, though. I like the sleazy bass and the rises into the choruses. Or what I call the choruses anyhoo. It's a bit klultzy, overall but in a charming way so I like it. Possibly despite myself but hey, I like.Skub
- Oh yeah, this is great. Possibly a bit too RHCP for my tastes but undeniably unique and when you track Mosis' vocal, it's like 'oh yeah'. Lyrically, it's a little on the nose but as with everyone, that's the title, can't be too tough on that.Strangelove
- Interesting how you abandon the electronica approach as soon as the challenge gets tough
Cool interpretation of the challenge, best so far (as long as you're not lying to us about your drunken open mic pals
) Shame it's not outside of your comfort range musically but I'm tapping a toe and humming along so it gets a tick. Plus a tick for approaching the challenge with the right amount of disdain.
How do I rank these? Sheesh. The loneliness of a long-distance judge ...
Lester Bangs is still dead.