W.A.I.L. I.A.A.C.My reviews may read like I hated this round - I didn't, I liked something about every song. I was just furious that no-one rhymed 'Byron Bay' with 'Caravan Ray' (no, Man Glut, not even YOU!) Come on how hard would it be to have slipped in 'Too scared to get laid / In old Byron Bay / In case I wake up with / Caravan Ray'! This shite writes itself I would also like to add that I have always been at my most defensive when I've been involved in a collaboration via SF because I've encouraged someone to get involved in the glorious bunfight that is this wonderful place and I feel responsible for them - so maybe I should have been a little more careful with my lip. Ah well, Nur Ein, beyotches!!!
BL - More of the same. A pretty same but the same nonetheless. The Medway sound could do with an injection of teh fresh thinking? However the Magpie sings lovely as always.
CBJ - I love the joy of the music. Not so keen on the vocal / lyric this time round. But the mad brilliance of the arrangement wins so many bonus points I don't think you have anything to worry about from me.
CD - What I love about punk is is took the only good things from folk (anger, simplicity) and left behind all the one-legged flute-playing hippy shite behind. That said this is really well done, love the vocal, and the violin brings a nice new edge. But it's massively pretentious and WAY TOO LONG FOR WHAT IT IS! I may have said this before, mind ...
DRJD - Not a fan of spoken music. This sounds good (and hubby has an appealing twang) but it's too long for a story about merpeople of the southern hemesphere. I got a bit bored, got to say.
DuToVa - I may be one of the few outspoken fans of DuToVa, and I can't quite put my finger on why exactly - for instance I shouldn't love the 'sax', the metal licks, the remarkably portentious lyric - but something clicks for me. I think it's the abundance of ideas, good and bad, and the lack of worrying about what other people think that oozes out of the song. It sounds like you're having a lot of fun making your songs, unlike almost everyone else in this competition. I sincerely hope I get to say the same thing this time next week ...
FBF - Yeah, this is lovely. An interesting but still catchy chord / melody progession. Maybe the electronica wall kicks in a little forcefully / early and maybe the lyric is a little ... 'chunky' but damn it's a damn catchy song that knows what it sets out to do and does it. And even, as I suspect, that's a didgeridoo VST, it adds another level anyway. Runaway winner, for me.
IVEG - this is not the terrifyingly bad surf song I feared it would be from reading the lyric. And the lyric's pretty 'wacky'. That's not a good thing in my book. But again, it's a catchy little tune. Even though those harmonies are a little ... sloppy. It kind of goes nowhere, but goes there nicely (apart from the bridge, which is quite abject). Did I mention I didn't like the lyric?
Ken - i can't decide whether this is awful or pretty good. I hate the literal take on Lord Byron in the first line, for instance. And all this wimbling about 'destination weddings' doesn't do much for me. It sounds like the early 90s. Those are the things I don't like. What I do like is it rolls along nicely. The vocal works well in the style. It's very pleasant listen. it's definitely above-average.
Man Glut - nah, that's not just funny. Sorry, man. Also I feel you met the challenge rather than trying to think about making effort with it. It's fine, if bad impressions of Caravan Ray are what you think Nur Ein is about. Maybe they are - just not for me. if you can't be bothered, neither can I ...
MJS - A little slow to get going and never quite goes far enough for me. But it's lovely nonetheless and you get bonus points for continuing to impress me with your experimentation. This could be a hands-down winner with a little more consideration of people who need to be eased into this kind of music but even as it is, it's pretty damn fine.
Nick Soma - Sounds like a Psychedelic Furs B-side. That's actually a back-handed compliment. Them's some clumsy words but it's a pleasant enough listen. Not making me want to rush out and buy the "debut album", mind ...
Rabid - This is a tricky one for me - I love the inventiveness and bizarre-in-a-good-way arrangement and the mix is like 150% better than last time, but the melody isn't strong enough / doesn't come across well enough for this campfire song approach ... it gets better as it goes on but to be honest, that first verse makes me wince ... so 70% for the idea and the song itself / 30% for the actualisation. Who knows what that turns out in score form? I guess I will, soon enough ...
CC - this is probably my favourite CC song so far this Nur Ein. it all kinds of holds together in a way that it hasn't always up until now. It just has an excellent mood about it. I'd like to hear your voices in harmony but can't have it all, right? Nice work, not a world-beater but a solidly enjoyable piece of music.
ATLM - Hmmm, yeah, this is pretty fantastic. Obviously I have no idea what the lyric is about and I like that. It is a wonderful listen. The rhythm guitar may be a little mainstream western (nothing wrong with that per se) but it creates such a lovely contrast with the less 'indie' elements and there is so much going on the arrangement I love, that's about the only thing I can complain about. Also lovely guitaring. Maybe a *tiny* bit too long.
PdS - I like creepy punk meets surf. Those BVs are great. As are the vocals. You do creepy as well as anyone I know (except maybe me
) Yeah, you can fire out this in your sleep but who cares when it sounds so good? Also bonus points for rhyming gazebo with torpedo.
Lester Bangs is still dead.