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85 Tracks Reviewed
154 Comments Posted
Yays: 0  Boos: 0
Critic Score 1/10
Joined: 6/13/2006

Average Rating: 2.5 stars

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crackerjackson [9/15/2013 4:56:37 PM EST]
Score: +0
Not sure if anyone will see it or care, but I didn't disappear due to disinterest. Life happened in a big way. #@&%! happens. Thanks so much to everyone who runs this site and is so involved and makes it a community. You're the best, and are appreciated.
crackerjackson [9/15/2013 4:47:40 PM EST]
Score: +0
I miss this site. Although I will not be posting songs much, I would like to be a part of this awesome community again. Thanks again to all the old-schoolers, both for and against.
crackerjackson [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Not my bag. Dated style but a nice intro not bad vocals at all, though I could do without the effect on them. Nice key change after the second chorus. Overall pretty average to me. I like the refrain of the softer intro part before the last chorus/outro.
Your Love Is So Tight
crackerjackson [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Music is too sparse and.... cheap? Just a bad bassline with a key noodling a bit, then a bad string sound added for the chorus. Vocals are your standard, forgettable modern r&b fare.
Goodnight My Pumpkin Pie
crackerjackson [7/22/2006 3:13:35 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
Excellent imagery, simple and engaging melodies, expressive and adept perfomances... I love it. Definitely a solid choice for a featured song imo, and my favrite AWA song yet submitted. Mummies and crocodiles oh my.

The disturbing well-wishing for whimsical nightmares is strangely touching. At least that's the way it makes me feel. Very good work guys.
Good Guys Win
crackerjackson [7/22/2006 12:51:33 PM EST]
Score: +0
Point taken, joe. Perhaps this would not influence an adult, as you say. I don't think that neccessarily translates into them not liking it, but I could be wrong.

Slow: not being sarcastic one bit. I'm not trying to save the world, though. It's about the thug rap mentalty affecting hip-hop's participants and fans in negative ways, and my problem with that, all presented in an old-school package. Doesn't even apply to many people who aren't rap fans or hip-hop artists! I am ironic not even half as much as people think I am. I think it's because everyone's jaded and cynical (including me, which is one reason I make music... to escape that.) I'll stand by everything I say in this song, uncool and "whitey" as it is ;)

Thanks very much, Lindsay. Glad you enjoyed it!
crackerjackson [7/21/2006 9:24:03 PM EST]
Score: +0
Cheesy in that it is old school and probably not up to the standards of cool that pervade todays untra-hip music scenes.

The MC Hammer example has zero bearing on this song. His hypocrisy or your enjoyment of the album when YOU were young is indicative of you;re personal experience, not the state of mind of another potential listener, so saying a youg person would like this (i.e. the average young person) but not an adult is a flawed straw man statement.)

As for this doing nothing for the cause, are you personal inolved in the cause or otherwise close enough to it to judge the efforts of those actually involved to do just that? I accept someone not liking this song for any number of reasons, but to posit it's ability - or lack thereof - to be relevant in regards to it's purpose just because you don't like it is a bit much. It's tantamount to saying " i dont like this, so it has no purpose or hope in the wider world".
crackerjackson [7/21/2006 8:51:14 PM EST]
Score: +0
Not feeling the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack feel? :P Hehe I hear ya, slow.
crackerjackson [7/21/2006 8:39:23 PM EST]
Score: +0
Thanks mr bratty... i agree, obviously :P

joe: is certainly IS uncool and preachy. I'll give you that! But the comment about age is a lil unfair. Actually, in light of the era it hearkens back to and the content, it would be less likely to be accepted by a young person, if anything. Mature doesn't equal r-rated or edgy by default!

Thanks for the thoughts, aaron. Good idea about the after school special lol.

I don't mean to sound bitchy... I appreciate all the thoughs, positive and negative. Knew what I was getting into with this one... just a bit surprised given the reaction I have gotten to it elsewhere. But that's why redfizz is one of a kind... definitely not your average forum for opinions. That's why it's so fun.
crackerjackson [7/21/2006 8:09:15 PM EST]
Score: +0
I suppose so. I have always felt that rap should be considered just as any other form of music, mostly since I think it should be held up to the same standards of creativity and artistry that other forms of music are. This is one of the first times I've seen the inverse example, where it is held to stricter standards than, say, rock. I can see your point... just don't agree.

Of course it made sense ;)

crackerjackson [7/21/2006 7:59:40 PM EST]
Score: +0
Fair enough qual, but why does the subject matter have to determine the worth of a song at all as long as it's presented in a talented way? Why should it factor in? Isn't art about the expression?
Comin Down You Fall So Hard
crackerjackson [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Sloppy playing, awkward, affected vocals, and bad tom sounds. It sounds like the tracks aren't synched up correctly... that's how bad the timing sounds! The vocalist sounds like he's rushing his performance, actually.
crackerjackson [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Kinda like the retrograde vibe, but the performances are a bit sloppy. Wish I could make out the vocals, but they are buried. The melody isn't bad.
Creature From The Deep
crackerjackson [7/21/2006 8:49:15 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
Nice vocal approach. Second verse drags a bit and loses the energy, while the second chorus's approach to a more minimalistic instrumentation doesn't quite work, imo. I only say this because I like the chorus itself a fair bit... the way the guitars drop off right before it makes it sound like a missing track or a mistake...

Some neat ideas here. Good melodies.
The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
crackerjackson [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Agreed. I think it's designed to make it sound expansive and majestic, but the actual effect is rather digital-sounding, so it kinda hurts the song overall imo. It's hard to judge the music aside from that, for me...