Completely inadequate reviews:
monsieurs: I liked the angle, the idea. I enjoyed the song. It didn't grab me as well as the others. While I wouldn't mind listening again, it didn't make me reach for the replay button.
Balance: I was thinking your song last week was my favorite of yours. It isn't. This is. I had you ranked 1, 2 and 3 at various listening stages. Sitting here thinking about it after submitting my ranking and I'm already second guessing myself. This quite possibly is the best written song of the group. I literally delayed putting in my rankings because of this song. All I can say is in the tie breaking "which song would I want to listen again immediately after playing it once" you came in just every so slightly behind the Cavedwellers and Nick... at least for me. I wish you had posted the lyric. While I don't dwell on them, I do like reading through while listening to get a better feel for the song as a whole.
Cavedwellers: Your chorus pushed you up at least one spot on my list. Maybe two. I liked the intro, I liked the phrasing and while I didn't go look specifically at the rhymes you used, I enjoyed the construction of the lyric. I thought the verse was well done but it lacked the draw of the chorus. Sitting here listening I kept being drawn to your song to listen to again.
Frankie: Man, I love that chorus. Like Cave, I thought the verse was good but didn't match the chorus (melodically, sonically.) I didn't much care for the vocals (phrasing or tone or mix level or something) at the very beginning, but don't take that to mean they were bad. In fact, once the chorus kicks in and for the rest of the song I liked them. The lyric wasn't bad, either. But taken in comparison I think it is what ultimately put you behind in the rankings, at least for me. I could easily have had you second in my rankings so I'm being nitpicky in the extreme.
Nick: Your song grabbed me by the collar and wouldn't let go right from the start. The sound and the arrangement were spot on (especially toward the beginning) and it was the song I most wanted to hear again. I will say, however, if the song had been much longer it would have lost me, especially on repeated listens. I have a feeling that if I were to double the times played yours would have begun to slip down a bit. I liked the song, but it faded, every so slightly, in intensity toward the end. Better start than end, but no doubt a good song.
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