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Structure Formulation by Jun Naotsuka



I really like the atmosphere created by this song. I think the panning adds a lot of interest and it's something that I don't hear a ton of in music anymore. It gives the song movement in areas where it really needs it. Love where the horns come in. I like the various changes, especially towards the end where you've created more tension. Then it gets more quiet, the piano takes a more prominent role and ends the entire song. As a composer myself, the one thing that I find very hard to accomplish when writing a piece such as this, is making it take the listener forward; the movement can be very slow and sometimes the listener may not finish listening. The beginning started off really slow for me, but as it progressed, I did get that forward momentum and "traveled" through space and time just enjoying the ride. Very nicely done. :)
Comment Written by Instrumentalist66 on 16-Oct-2015

Waiting On Love by Mike Parenti



First off, thank you for having the lyrics so that I could follow along. Production wise, it's right there. It's ready. The vocals were clean, easy to hear. Nice changes in the song which kept me listening to the end easily. The structure is good. There's nothing more to say here. I like it. :)
Comment Written by Instrumentalist66 on 15-Oct-2015
Read and reviewed with blinders on.

Immortal Love by 2USband



I really like the arrangement of this song and it's nice to have a variety of textures from the very quite to the more produced sections. The pan pipe at the end was a cool edition and I would have liked to hear a little hint of it in the beginning somewhere. It also needs to be a little cleaner. I love the duet and am pretty sure (although it doesn't say who this is) who wrote this song. Your style is coming through and I'm getting familiar with your voices and your inflections. :) The lyrics are simple and pretty much say what you want them to say. Sometimes you don't need a full blown story just to say I love you or, in this case, my love for you is immortal. I think it's fine there. I also liked where the two of you were singing more rhythmically. That was an interesting touch. I'd love to hear that in some of your other works too. Overall, it needs some tightening up, in general, and isn't as strong as some of your other songs, but I like where this is headed. I'm thinking that I'm becoming a fan.... :)
Comment Written by Instrumentalist66 on 15-Oct-2015
Read and reviewed with blinders on.

Let It Go by 2USband



Another nicely produced song. Interesting chord change; unexpected. I liked that. Performance overall was really, really good. Could be slightly smoother in some change areas and the female vocal went slightly out of tune in a few spots, but nothing severe. That's about all I could say negative in that arena. I like the guitar bends a lot. Sometimes I wish I could do more of that in my electronic stuff. Lyrically, I think it's fine. I would assume that this song is finished or close to it,so I think I'd "let it go". Nice job, again!! :)
Comment Written by Instrumentalist66 on 14-Oct-2015

Longing by Kerri Powles



Very, very nice classical piece. Played well. This is one style that I am horrendous at! I love that you got that feeling in there too where it needed to be. Nice job!!
Comment Written by Instrumentalist66 on 14-Oct-2015
Read and reviewed with blinders on.

Regrets by Little Ricky



This is what I would consider a decent demo. Just acoustic guitar and vocals are great for that. First off, I'd have pulled the guitar down a little as I had some trouble hearing the lyrics in spots. Lyric clarity is very important when in a setting such as this. It ended abruptly, so there may be a little more to the song or not, but I'll continue my review just on what I heard to that point. As I listened a few times, I was looking for a bit more of an explanation of what you regretted. You're talking about regrets, how you think of the regrets, where you are thinking about them, but it never says what you did to cause them or what they are about. I think that if you tell us in the song what you did to cause the regret/what it is you regret, more of it would make sense and complete the story. I believe this is a good start, though! Also, play your music as you mean it. In the beginning, it was almost played rather timidly. Once the intro section was over, it got better...a bit more confidence came through. Always play like you mean it. The section where it "stopped"/paused, I'm not quite sure it was intended or if it was just hesitation. I'd rethink that section. I think you're on the right track and I'll look forward to hearing this song again at a later time. You're only going to get better! :)
Comment Written by Instrumentalist66 on 14-Oct-2015

a poor guitarist's gift by bryan taylor



It's definitely a holiday song. From the initial performance, I looked up at the title again to be sure and yep. You got that "holiday instrumental" in the description. I wasn't on crack. I am an instrumentalist, so this song is right up my alley. Awesome guitar. Love, love, love it. I do like that crazy chord change too. It breaks up the song enough to keep interest. Awesome job!
Comment Written by Instrumentalist66 on 14-Oct-2015

You're trapped by 2USband



I think this is the second song I've listened to of yours. Quite different from the first one. (As I'm listening again, it popped in - Enigma. That's who your style initially reminds me of.) It started off similar to the other song I heard, but then totally changed. I really liked that. The chord changes; really play well with "trapped" and creating that idea. Also, I like the variety in the music. I like the vocals - the male and female. One minor vocal issue; the second rap when the female voice is singing the ahhh ahhhs. The second one (I think) is a hair funky. Again, one thing I'd love to have available is some type of time clock to follow the music. I could point it out. But, overall, I think the majority of the public wouldn't hear it. Instrumentation is good. Love the guitar. I think the mix is good. I got the lyrics. Easily understood. Overall, awesome job! I really liked this one!
Comment Written by Instrumentalist66 on 14-Oct-2015

Prisoner Of War by The Paradigm Shift



Great production! Love the instrumentation! Vocals are spot on. Lyrics are good. I'd say it was ready for release. Awesome job. :)
Comment Written by Instrumentalist66 on 13-Oct-2015

Just gets Stranger by Liquor&Lush



First off, this is a good, working demo. I like the guitar/vocal arrangement as I don't hear a lot of duets these days, so that is a huge plus. The story line is a bit hard for me to follow and that might be because the female voice is a bit "over effected". I'd prefer to hear just the plain voices, but that's just my personal preference. Keeping everything simple - maybe just a tad of reverb - makes for the best outcomes when singing acoustically. To the lyrics, though, I'm not sure where the connection is between the beginning set of verses and then where it seems to go to the "love" section and not "having you". I seem to have missed the part that connects the two subjects? I didn't quite follow... It seems the female vocal has that earthy, gritty sound that I totally love, but I don't get to appreciate it like I'd like to. The male voice has a nice quality to it as well. Both just need to work on pitch and tightness when singing together; at the same time. The short section where the guitar has a bit of a solo, damn, I could really hear the confidence in playing and the enjoyment. Overall, I think it's a work in progress and a great start! I would totally love to hear it after you've worked on it some more! As I mention in almost all of my posts, these are just my opinions based on my experiences and are not given out to cause issue or embarrassment. If it's useful to you, awesome, if not, that's ok too. :)
Comment Written by Instrumentalist66 on 13-Oct-2015


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