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Lieutenant Minor Wants To See (Major Arcana reviews)

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:46 pm
by Pigfarmer Jr
Report for duty by reviewing the mess tent full of songs, please.

Re: Lieutenant Minor Wants To See (Major Arcana reviews)

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:47 pm
by Pigfarmer Jr
Lyric thread here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=11225

Re: Lieutenant Minor Wants To See (Major Arcana reviews)

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:17 am
by Lunkhead
Songs posted!

Re: Lieutenant Minor Wants To See (Major Arcana reviews)

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:28 am
by ken
add - Lovely acoustic guitar intro. I like how the electric piano comes in halfway through the first verse. That's a nice and subtle change. Overall, feels a bit like the softer side of add and I like it!

BSS - Lots to love about this track. I enjoyed the heavy organ that reminds me a bit of Iron Butterfly. Glen did a good job on his vocals. A little loose overall, but still a good song.

Lichenthroat - I wasn't sure about the drum machine/acoustic guitar combo, but I liked it when the strings came in. I liked the instrumental breaks. Vocal melody is a little hard to track, and therefore challenging to follow the lyrics.

Miscellaneous Owl - Nice vocal harmonies! The guitars are kind of muddy and that distracts from the lovely vocals a bit. It sounds like the tone knob is rolled off when the guitar should be nice and bright. Overall, a really nice song.

Schlimminy Cricket - This is an interesting arrangement. Lots of good ideas. Just doesn't grab me.

Silentwall - This mix is really quiet. I like that it starts off minimalist, but you need a really strong melody to pull it off, and I'm not sure you give us one. I keep waiting for something else to happen in the arrangement. This song is too long for just a single vocal and kick drum. Adding a few synth pads would have gone a long way to make this song more enjoyable.

Third Cat - I like the verse guitar riff a lot. Very cool. It's a little disappointing when it changes to a straighter part in the chorus. This track is a little loose overall, but a strong effort.

Ugly Nudists - This is a fun pop song. Keep up the good work.

Wreckdom - Interesting as always!

Re: Lieutenant Minor Wants To See (Major Arcana reviews)

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:08 pm
by thirdcat
Arrows/Underline for my favorites/votes:

Lichen Throat: It sounds like you have some cool ideas, but the execution isn't there.

Berkeley Social Scene: Cool guitars, drums, & keys. My favorite part is the synth solo. The vocal style doesn't work for me.

The Ugly Nudists: Some nice ideas here but I feel it's let down a bit by the "canned" sound of the drums and keys. I want a bit more personality in the instrumental. Still; the song itself I think it is pretty good. And I like the backing vocal ideas. Reminds me a bit Reveal era REM.

:arrow: Wreckdom: Weird trip. Very unexpected change there at 1:03ish. Back with the weird trip but fudge instead of fuck? I feel like the message is fuck can turn into fudge if you take enough acid. I'm not sure if I like this, but I might love it. Pretty interesting.

silentwell: Not enough here to keep my interest.

:arrow: misc. owl: Strong vocals; I like the layers on the vox. Pretty catchy. Some cool guitar lines/ideas too. The mix isn't great though - it has kind of a demo quality to it - and kind of keeps this from being as good as it could be. Still all things considered; I think this one has a good shot at the win. It's a good song with very good vocals.

:arrow: add: Probably my favorite this time around. I can see hear why you keep winning these things. Is that e-bow on the guitar? Nice subtle atmospherics. Keys are nice. Good vocals. Good stuff.

schlimminy cricket: I like the layers of vocals with the auto-tune fx. I'm not crazy about some of the synth fx, I dig that you're going for like bizarre combinations of sounds with video game sounding synths and "classical" sounding string sounds. For me this almost works but doesn't quite come together.

Re: Lieutenant Minor Wants To See (Major Arcana reviews)

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:59 am
by vowlvom
Add - there's a lot to like here, I particularly liked the contrast of the dry, percussive organ sound with the dreamy ebow (?) guitars. It didn't quite click with me like the last few of your songs though, it feels like a more conventional bit of songwriting without that slight weirdness that has appealed to me in your recent run of wins. Still good, though, and your voice sounds great.

Berkeley Social Scene - there's something about the vocal mix / FX / doubling that I find quite offputting but I looooove the ridiculously OTT synth solo.

Lichen Throat - not quite your best work, but not far off. The instrumental is interesting and the lyrics are strong. I like the spoken word section a lot.

Miscellaneous Owl - this is just a straight-up wonderful song and I love it.

Schlimminy Cricket - I love that lo-fi solo in the middle of the song but the autotuney stuff is a bit excessive for my liking in places and the mix gets a bit washed out under all the reverb. It's still a pretty cool, strange track though.

silentwall ft. rec - boldly minimal arrangement and your vocals sound more confident each time. There's just not enough here to hook me in though, it really feels like it needs a couple more vocal lines doing some kind of medieval chanting or something, especially considering how long it is.

Third Cat - some really cool guitar work and drum programming on this one, the vocal melody feels a little uninspired to begin with, but I feel like it gets more confident as the song goes on.

The Ugly Nudists - I really like the verse but the chorus doesn't quite work for me, it needs a bit more punch to it or something. The backing vocals at the end are very cool.

WreckdoM - really love those lo-fi drums in the verses (?), and the trippy inbetween sections are pretty cool too. A really weird song, in mostly great ways.

Pretty great fight overall!