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ruben remus

31 Tracks Reviewed
98 Comments Posted
Yays: 1  Boos: 1
Critic Score 1/10
Joined: 6/5/2006
Band: The Heat and Light

Average Rating: 2.5 stars

Carry Yourself To Me
ruben remus [1/25/2007 10:18:52 PM EST]
Score: +0
Thanks y'all- appreciate the positive comments, as I'm sure the rest of the boys in the band do.
Insomnia
ruben remus [11/29/2006 10:06:31 PM EST]
Score: +0
I feel like a good arrangement would take care of the bulk of it, that it needs to build dynamically from start to finish, and just good instrumentation could do that. Songwriting wise, maybe consider taking a bit longer to get to the chorus the first time- and possibly as the song progresses-, or just doing the first line of the chorus a time or two so there's a bit more payoff later on...you're definitely relying pretty heavily on the choruses- I sort of feel like it's a good idea, but I think you could somehow strengthen the lyrics a bit, make it stick a bit more when you come around to it. Um, definitely some sort of instrumental break, maybe even start the song acoustic and then add the whole band after a verse with some sort of intro, and then come in with the second verse. A bridge might work- I don't think it necessarily needs one, I think there are other things you can do to break it up- it all depends upon where you feel the song wants to go, and where you'd like to hear it go as a listener. I mean, really, I think a lot of songwriting difficulties can be solved by just getting into a very open mindset and listening to yourself, hearing where the melody and chords want to lead, discovering what wants to happen rather than controlling it. Sounds a little hippy-ish but I think it's true.

Recommended listening: download the song "I Wish I Was The Moon" by Neko Case. I think there are some similarities- and not just the lack of sleep theme- maybe it could spark some ideas. Plus, it's just a really cool song. In fact, everybody should download it.
Ain't Nobody
ruben remus [11/19/2006 3:18:24 PM EST]
Score: +0
Curious that it states right on the profile that her nickname is "Rheags"...Like I said, someone's a ringer...I'm not sure what the "better luck next time" means, I'm not particularly concerned with getting a positive review from someone who lists among their accomplishments "meeting Art Alexian" (sic), and who looks forward to meeting Jason Mraz and John Mayer.
ruben remus [11/16/2006 8:50:55 PM EST]
Score: +0
Funny, this is the last song I pictured being surrounded by any controversy. Possibly in the entire world.
ruben remus [11/16/2006 8:47:52 PM EST]
Score: +0
But that one will be all ringers. I won't even be a part of it, it'll be some session guys and my third cousin will be the frontman. And the whole tour will only be reviewed by ringers. Y'up for it Rheags?
ruben remus [11/16/2006 8:42:00 PM EST]
Score: +0
Wow, someone hated this enough to create a separate account to bash it in disguise. That's impressive. Obviously, I'll be retiring now. After my farewell tour.
ruben remus [11/16/2006 8:03:42 PM EST]
Score: +0
And by the way, I don't have any problem with anyone not liking our stuff based on its own merit. That's fine with me. I'm quite comfortable with the notion that there's a certain group of people who are going to love what I'm doing, and a certain group that's going to hate it. I'm certainly not going to track people down for giving me crappy reviews- but if they have some sort of ulterior motive, I'll call 'em on it.
ruben remus [11/16/2006 7:58:49 PM EST]
Score: +0
I'm not trying to hide anything. All that it proves is that my particular aesthetic doesn't appeal to you. Which is fine, we can disregard one another's comments. I thought the point was to review tunes, not to review reviews.The guy didn't like my review of his song, hunted me down, clicked on the first song that came up on my band profile, and cut and pasted my review back to me. That's sour g#@&%!s, and it has nothing to do with this song. By the way, my vote was 2 and a half stars for his song, which is the average it received, and it sure seems like a lot of people agreed with what I had to say. I wonder if you could point out which comment finally blew my cover re: being full of #@&%!. And which proves I'm a total dumb #@&%!.
ruben remus [11/16/2006 6:55:31 PM EST]
Score: +0
Sorry, "as it DOES" for your tune.
ruben remus [11/16/2006 6:52:50 PM EST]
Score: +0
Well, it seems like awful sour g#@&%!s for someone I gave a halfway decent rating to. I guess I don't really see why my reviews should have anything to do with the music I post, which is why I didn't bother connecting myself to it for a long time. If you don't like it, that's fine, I don't really care, if its honest, but that critique really doesn't work as well for a simple, folksy, verse-chorus-verse tune like this as it doesn't for sort of a would-be minor epic like your tune...which, again, I don't dislike...
ruben remus [11/14/2006 10:47:57 PM EST]
Score: +0
That reminds me, I haven't posted anything for a while. Hmm....
ruben remus [11/14/2006 10:47:20 PM EST]
Score: +0
Eh, if they don't like it, that's fine, too- it's all good. And if it is reactionary, at least they didn't slap a half-star on it. The bassist, by the way, plays a fretless Gibson Ripper, strung with flatwounds, with a pick.
Lost Friend
ruben remus [11/15/2006 6:12:42 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
I like this quite a bit myself. It's pretty darn well-written overall, nice chords, lyrics, and the arrangement is great- both the guitars are great, love the lead part during the verses, love the arpeggios on the acoustic, the drums are perfect for this song and the kit sounds pretty good, the sound overall is really good- it sounds current and still fairly idiosyncratic.

For my tastes, the textural change in the chorus is a bit much- the other acoustic that comes in is too loud, and it upsets the mix, buries both the vocal and the lead guitar...I'd pull that fader a bit and maybe even give the vocal level a little push. My ears really want to hear some sort of aching, higher harmony on the choruses, whether block harmonies with words, or just some "ooh"s- it would be great to hear the G# that's in that E major chord brought out in a vocal part, that's a really strong note, adds a nice tension. The vocal delivery fits the tone of the song really well, and it sounds believable and heartfelt...I think with a guy's voice, belting it out would be too forceful for the song.

The only other thing I would say is that the ending seems a bit sudden, the "ooh"s that come in after the chorus are great, consider singing a few more lines, maybe even reprise the whole first verse, before you do the call-and-response layered "God Only Knows" harmonies, and stretch that part out longer, it's one of the coolest parts of the song.

Overall, great job, I'll probably download this to listen to more later.
Low
ruben remus [11/15/2006 12:03:07 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
It sounds...fairly commercially viable, and that's not an insult at all. It's a well-crafted pop song, and pretty well produced. I like the frantic rhythm quite a lot, although I'm not totally in love with the drum sound, which seems a little bit thin to me. The guitar intro is a great hook, I like the drum lead-in, you can instantly identify what song this is, and there's a lot to be said for that. The vocals are okay, I think there's a little room to belt 'em out a bit more, mainly though I think they're produced a little dry for my tastes. Totally decent lyrics. The breakdown is really well done and makes one's ears perk up at just the right point in the tune. It reminds me of some 90s college rock stuff, again, that's not bad, and I haven't heard anything quite like this for a long time, and it still manages to sound pretty current. My biggest complaint would just be that the chorus gets a little repetitive for me, but again, it's a good hook and that's what gets in stuck in people's heads.
Day Without You There
ruben remus [11/14/2006 9:17:31 PM EST]
Score: -1
Rated 2.5 stars
Um, 's decent pop. The vocals seem rather "flat" to me, a little boring. I don't mind the lack of vocal "technique"- meaning vibrato, phrasing, etc.- and you've got a pleasant enough voice, it's just most of this has the same sort of head-bouncing, sing-songy delivery without a lot of dynamics or highpoints- and I don't really think it's helped by having the vocals quite so far out in the mix. Other than what's already been said, I'd really like to hear quite a bit more of the electric in a final mix, it's a good element and it adds a lot to the tune. Decently written and played.