Wednesday, April 19, 2017
A lot of you know how I judge because I've reviewed here in the past & of course I've judged SpinTunes a lot. For those new to my reviews I'll tell you a little about how I do things.
I'm not a musician of any kind. So when it comes to technical stuff I'm pretty useless. I can just tell you what I like & what I don't. Often can't tell you why as skillfully as other judges. So you'll notice I focus on lyrics a lot. My final rankings are just how much I enjoyed a song. No fancy system that factors in performance, music, lyrics, production, etc...etc...just how much I'd want to hear your song again. Pretty simple. The type of music I tend to like is upbeat, tells a CLEAR story, fun to sing, and I do like a little humor in my music. If I can't decide between 2 songs, I will often look at how creatively you met the challenge. Not that anyone here would or should write to please any 1 judge, but I hope this helps people understand where I'm coming from when you read my reviews.
Anyways, overall...it was a fun round to listen to. I wasn't amazed with how most of the backwards lyrics were used. Too often felt tacked on, but a lot of talent was displayed nonetheless. Looking forward to hearing the songs from round 1.
Skub - ROCK! Take all the good things I said in all the other reviews & pretend they’re written here as well.
Merisan - How can something be so beautiful & horrifying at the same time? This is sick...in a good & bad way. Excellent work.
Pigfarmer Jr - Ok...I got nothing bad to say here. Just well done. I like a little history in my music, and you did a great job of telling a story & keeping it interesting.
Glenn Case - Want reviews? Post lyrics....
Jerkatorium - Didn’t think you incorporated the backwards singing very well, but A LOT of people failed in that. However, I really think you did a great job otherwise. Lyrics flowed well, it was funny, and you had plenty of personality in the performance. Sometimes when people try to be funny they fail to sell it with the performance, you didn’t.
Nick Soma - As someone who has some anxiety issues I could relate to this a little. Enjoyed it overall, but there were a couple of lines that could flow better. 1 minor thing I’d point out is the “shit” you included might not be needed. I’m not against cursing in songs...or anywhere else. I fucking do it all the time. If you’re going to do it, I think the emotional level you’ve taken the listener to needs to be at a certain point. You don’t want the curse to be a distraction vs an emotional peak. In this case I didn’t think it was needed. Lyrically you COULD argue you were there, but performance wise it didn’t feel like it. This is going to a very useful review or utter bullshit….
Paco del Stinko - What’s on the list? Some really catchy elements here, and I enjoyed the performance A LOT. You can sell a lot with personality...except an ugly girl.
ROTR - Has some catchy moments, but the story itself is a little dull. Solid performance. Oh, and why tell her to throw salt over her shoulder if the song is about you not believing in superstition?
73 Keep It Beautiful - Would like a little more backstory in there. Was well done though. It has some memorable moments & was fun to sing along with.
Berkeley Social Scene - Who am I supposed to be looking out for exactly? This is another song where the lyrics leave me wanting more details. Otherwise, very enjoyable.
Strangelove - Had a nice groove to it. Lyrically there wasn’t much there, too repetitive for my tastes. More of a mood piece. I can see someone listening to this to motivate themselves to keep driving forward out of some bad times.
Cavedwellers - I enjoyed the music a lot, but couldn’t really follow the story.
Zed Dead Baby - I liked the “House rules, house wins again” line. Overall I felt very “meh” about this. Nothing much too bad or good to point out.
Lucky Witch & The Righteous Ghost - You really do create some great images with your lyrics. But I’m still waiting for the music to reach that same level of awesome. The topic was on point for the technical challenge we gave you.
Lichen Throat - Vocals made it hard for me to get into, but if I overlook that & try to picture someone else singing it...I could see myself listening this again. I liked the simplicity of the music, thought it fit the situation of the character.
Inflatable Vegetables - Music was chill & set a really good mood for the direction you took. Lyrically I didn’t find it funny enough or catchy enough to keep my attention. Especially when the rhymes don’t really hit at times. Like “sandals” & “Angeles”, that extra syllable on “Angeles” annoys my left ear. The right one is on the fence...but that left one got pretty annoyed.
Boffo Yux Dudes - What are they trying to get away with? Why is it so bad? I mean you thought of a decent idea & left out all the interesting parts.
Wendy Wiseman Fisher - Nice vocals, but I didn’t really follow the story. Then there was a lot of fucking & it ended. I was left feeling like most of my ex’s…puzzled & unsatisfied.
Micah Sommersmtih - There’s probably a reason it said "section of backwards singing or instrumentation" in the challenge. An entire song of it isn’t easy to do. I can pick out good points if I wanted to here, but what it boils down to is having every other line backwards made it really hard to get into the song at any point.
Balance Lost - Way to set the tone right at the start. Liked the vocals, but other than that there wasn’t enough lryics for me to say anything about. The music was interesting...
Thursday, April 6, 2017
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
Steve Stearns - Shiny And New
This one was the most catchy song of the round for me. Very memorable & actually made me want to get up & dance. Not sure how representative the instruments were to the characters, but it’s clear you met the challenge. The 3rd verse didn’t sit with me lyrically as well as the first 2 did. Just felt a little more awkward & didn’t flow as well. Not enough to hurt you in my rankings though.
Ryan M. Brewer - Second Coming Semantics (Part And Parcel Bound)
Ok, performance wise...you’re the one setting the bar nearly every round. This didn’t really have a strong hook to stick with you, so even though this is brilliant I’m not sure it’ll rank all that high. In terms of challenge, you nailed it. The instruments truly felt representative of the characters in the song. My favorite part was by far God rapping. Even though you did a great job with each character I’d really love your sister to lay down vocals for Mari.
Zoe Gray - The Coven
Ok, I’m assuming this was based off the movie “The Coven” (2015)? If so I’m going to miss any references to that movie you might have made cause I haven’t seen it. Overall I really liked the song. Had a spooky feel while still managing to be catchy. You included 3 characters, and it’s clear you attempted to represent them with a different instrument. So you met the challenge in my mind….HOWEVER I didn’t really find how you used the instruments to be all that representative of the characters. Seems more of something slapped on top just to make each verse sound a little different.
Brian Gray - Happy Me
Ok...this is my favorite song of the round...hands down. It’s also at the bottom of my rankings as I don’t see how this meets the challenge. If it was up to the judges this round, I’d have to vote to DQ you since this song isn’t about 3 different people. You can argue it’s about 3 different “characters”, and even that’s a stretch, but the challenge didn’t say characters it said people. As for the other part of the challenge, I think you did as well as Steve & Zoe with your instruments representing different personality traits. This song is right up my alley. Upbeat, clever lyrics, a little humor & catchy. So I don’t like putting it last...but I have to.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Emperor Gum - Singalong Ok, I was actually wondering if anyone would take the "Wheels On The Bus" direction for this challenge, and you came the cloeset to doing that. I really like your idea, the execution is mixed. Your chorus is catchy & well done, but the verses need a little work. Instead of such a serious story, I'd rather have something lighthearted & easy for kids to sing with a shanty approach. Because what I rank on mostly is how much I want to hear your song again. Granted the first time was really interesting, but I can't see myself wanting to sing this in my car...nor could I see kids singing this on a road trip.
Steve Stearns - 23
Ryan M. Brewer - 22
Bryan Schumann - 21
Brian Gray - 20
James Young - 19
Dr. Lindyke - 18
Shyfox - 17
Ominous Ride - 16
Kyleen Downes - 15
Ross Durand - 14
Zoe Gray - 13
Governing Dynamics - 12
Megalodon - 11
Sumner Wynn - 10
Emperor Gum - 9
Jailhouse Payback - 8
Adam Sakellarides - 7
Lucky Witch And The Righteous Ghost - 6
Rob From Amersfoort - 5
Boffo Yux Dudes - 4
Turtle Fence - 3
Mick Bordet - 2
Army Defense - 1
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017
- Creative lyrics that tell a clear entertaining story.
- Upbeat songs.
- I like the funny.
- Needs to be fun to sing.
- Tom Brady
Over in the SpinTunes Facebook group this happened:
Alx Forgr - Chang Th World (I Hop)
Mariah Mercedes - Election Of Love
Brian Gray - Abernathy Fitzgerald
Kyleen Downes - Do What You Do
Governing Dynamics - Concessions
Ominous Ride - 19 Never Comes
Bryan Schumann - Royal Blood
Emperor Gum - Lucifer
Ryan M. Brewer - ReCount, Revenge
Dr. Lindyke - Doom's Day
Steve Stearns - Overthrown
Jerry Skids - The Ethical Ballad Of Mayor Goldie Wilson
Army Defense - Elected
Shyfox - Berdie
James Young - Vote For Me!
Boffo Yux Dudes - Bully For You
27 Tikis - Kahuna Of The Corn Tropics
Domingo - Bulería de Persuación
Alex Forger - Change The World (I Hope)
Lucky Witch & The Righteous Ghost - Spoiler
Kevin Savino-Riker - The Damn Breaks
Caravan Ray - Party Games
Ross Durand - Homeroom
Zoe Gray - Long Live The Queen
Adam Sakellarides - A Better Place To Live
Megalodon - Democrat Pixie
Jailhouse Payback - How To Lose A School Board Election
Heather Zink - BeFührer
Sumner Wynn - The Great Weight
Mick Bordet - Democracy Inaction
Rob From Amersfoort - Why
Turtle Fence - Mr. Brexit (or, Nobody Loves EU)
DJ Ranger Den - My Fellow Mannabadoos
Edric Haleen - This Changes Everything
The Crack Fox - Erection