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Whisper Scream (take 3)
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Nick Rivers

6 Tracks Reviewed
31 Comments Posted
Yays: 0  Boos: 0
Critic Score 1/10
Joined: 6/5/2006

Average Rating: 3 stars

Wine Ain't Water
Nick Rivers [5/20/2010 3:26:46 PM EST]
Score: +0
Guys, thanks for all the comments on the song. Much appreciated.
Barbara
Nick Rivers [3/30/2007 12:27:45 PM EST]
Score: +0
I think that's dead-on.

Itchybrother, playing it faster just makes it that much harder to sing (and condenses the lyrics too much, I think).
Nick Rivers [3/30/2007 11:46:23 AM EST]
Score: +0
See, the song is really about all these consuming thoughts that the narrator's trying to push through. It's supposed to convey the anxiety/disappointment/frustration, etc. So without the high content and 'forced' delivery, I feel as though the song would be quite different. The sentiment would be quite different. Perhaps more dynamics within the vocal delivery would vary it up a little better for clarity...
Nick Rivers [3/30/2007 11:44:34 AM EST]
Score: +0
With Kate Jackson?
Nick Rivers [3/30/2007 11:05:52 AM EST]
Score: +0
Would providing the lyrics help? Though I guess that shouldn't be necessary for digging the song in the first place. I actually felt as though the lyrics were a real strong point here, but maybe they're too cluttered...seems to be the consensus.
Dressed in Gray
Nick Rivers [3/14/2007 12:54:16 PM EST]
Score: +0
Thanks for all the feedback. I agree with most of the criticism.
Last Night
Nick Rivers [3/3/2007 10:52:02 AM EST]
Score: +0
Thanks for the feedback, guys. That's a nice assessment of the vocal issues with this song...this was still at a point for me musically when the voice didn't always enhance or really drive the music...
Cold Handslap
Nick Rivers [8/16/2006 2:07:26 PM EST]
Score: +0
Jamsmith, per your earlier comment, please explain why you didn't want to be like Winger.
Alone
Nick Rivers [8/16/2006 2:05:29 PM EST]
Score: +0
Slorrin, I'd say your review is about as silly as it gets.
Nick Rivers [8/16/2006 2:05:02 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
Nick Rivers [8/16/2006 2:04:31 PM EST]
Score: +0
Slorrin -- if that is your "real" name -- I find it hard to believe that even the impression of this being utterly generic would warrant the absolute lowest rating on this site. So in your mind, this is about as bad as it gets? Maybe it takes an adult-sized attention span to enjoy this. I'm not sure. Give it 2 or 2.5 stars if you like...but the 0.5 stars just don't really make a lot of sense. Could you explain yourself? Certainly her voice shares some similarities to other notable names in the genre...but that alone shouldn't be enough to dismiss this song. The song's spare, haunting quality is pretty rare, I'd say. She doesn't overload the song with emoting cliches or insipid self-reflections -- hallmarks of the genre done badly. Please explain/defend yourself.
Can't Elope
Nick Rivers [7/3/2006 12:42:20 PM EST]
Score: +0
Dudes, isn't that opening organ loop straight from DJ Shadow??
Live Like Kings Forever
Nick Rivers [6/27/2006 4:06:00 PM EST]
Score: +0
I think you also neglected to cite the far-reaching influence of BOB SEGER AND THE SILVER BULLET BAND.
Nick Rivers [6/27/2006 3:47:34 PM EST]
Score: +0
The Buyer...that's a pretty unrepresentative list. The Clash and Elvis Costello were just getting started around '76, among many, many others. Just because these guys aren't doing a disco version of a Chopin etude (see Walter Murphy) doesn't validate their originality...
phases of the moon
Nick Rivers [6/23/2006 4:07:38 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
You settle into a nice groove, a la Yo La Tengo, perhaps...but the song needs more development, at the very least in a textural sense. Yo La Tengo gets away with 9 minute trance-type material at times, but I think they're able to capture a little more drama, at least in the lyrical content, which keeps a listener coming back for more (ideally). This song starts out nicely enough, but it's almost as if you're attempting to extend a very basic, whimsical conceit (at least vocally/lyrically) that would be more at home in a pop ditty over many minutes here without the benefits of modulation, dynamics, etc. You certainly don't need all of these elements, but maybe one would've helped.