Song review # 5
This one came up very fast, and that is thanks to David & Mark.
ag858 (Adam) ...what great reviews and constructive feedback you've gotten here.
So less of my blabber..... and on to the reviews.
SONG REVIEW # 5
Artist: ag858 (Adam)
Song title: Mr Soul
About song: I was thinking Massive Attack with a Command & Conquer bassline. Bring on the wall!
Genre: Electronic/Hints of Trip Hop
Vocal/Intrumental: Contains Vocals
Tools: Reason and Record software
Reviewer # 1: ddstuart (David)
Reviewer # 2: SoftEnerji (Mark)
Soft Enerji's review of AG858's Mr Soul
This is my second review and I'm gonna do it the same way as I did my first, that's to say, I'll jot down my initial impressions then go to the details. Hey, I'm not being difficult, it's just the way I am
The comment about the track "I was thinking Massive Attack with a Command & Conquer bassline" is pretty close to the mark for me. It has that solid driving feel that Massive Attack (Safe From Harm era?) always managed to achieve and from what I remember about Command & Conquer, I can almost see little armies racing around my computer screen, facing off and...blowing the crap out of each other...or maybe my head is just in the wrong place right now!
Anyway, enough about my state of mind. Onwards and Upwards! As soon as the song starts my interest is piqued. The powerful bassline is soon joined by the droning synth in the background and together these build to the point where the drums and that delightful jab kick in. Mr Soul is now cruising! And cruise is does, all the way through.
OK, on to the details.
This is such a difficult thing to comment on. I don't think the artist, Adam has tried to do anything particularly revolutionary or "original" here but that's not a bad thing. This song sits nicely within the Electronic genre but that genre is wide and varied. I'd put this as leaning more towards a dark, alternative style and I'm more than down with that.
The atmosphere is great. The music powers on throughout while the vocal has an almost lazy, can't be bothered feel to it. I had a few listens last night, made a few notes and I'm back again. To me the whole thing conjures up images of a dark, slowly swaying, crowded dance floor...with spots and strobe lights! For some strange reason I am reminded of my early 20's when I moved from smalltown Ayr, Scotland to London (mid to late 80's) and Friday nights at the Electric Ballroom in Camden! I've not thought of that place for a long time, so thanks for inadvertantly bringing back those memories. Damn, that was a long time ago!
Let's face it everyone has their own ideas and everyone else has their own perceptions. To me musically, this track is clean, bright with a really dirty undertone. The drum track carries the track along beautifully and the metals are clear and distinct. The subtle variations move the track through it's different parts very well. The only thing I'd say is that I'd maybe push the kick drum up through the mix a bit more and there's a roll around 1.14 that could maybe be a little looser, but that really is a minor issue.
That laid back vocal is really cool and reminds a little of Josh Homme (I'm always wary when people say "hey, this sounds like..." but I really don't mean that in a bad way). Maybe the backing vocal could be spread a little further out in the stereo field to fill the vocal track out a little more but once again that's a minor thing. Otherwise the vox are great...and there are some interesting little pans going on here and there! Nice.
I can't really add much here. Mr Soul sounds damn fine to me. Adam has chosen his sounds and used them really well. Overall a top job!
Yeah, this is nice, really nice. The more I listen the more I dig it! Very smooth, very atmospheric and very enjoyable.
Thanks for putting yourself in the spotlight Adam, and I hope you like the review.
PS. I just noticed you're a Glasgow boy
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