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mematthew

15 Tracks Reviewed
18 Comments Posted
Yays: 0  Boos: 0
Critic Score 1/10
Joined: 6/22/2006

Average Rating: 2.5 stars

Last Letters New Tears
mematthew [6/25/2006 3:27:11 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
Not bad stuff, but I actually agree with qualcomm regarding the lyrics. I had no problem following the lyrics and I understand it is about a Marine giving his life - however just because the theme is deep - it doesn't help the lyrics - which could use a little work since they come across as a little cheesy. However, I actually think that the vocals are too "out front" for this song. Nonetheless, this is a pretty good song.
She Dares All Things
mematthew [6/25/2006 3:18:50 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
I agree with the other comments regarding length. The song is a little monotone, which isn't necessarily a problem if it were a little shorter. Good stuff.
The Rye (La Da De Da Da Da Da)
mematthew [6/24/2006 11:48:26 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
I think the song is good, but is not hitting some of its potential. Keep it up though.
All of That
mematthew [6/23/2006 12:30:34 AM EST]
Score: +0
My suspicion is that it isn't a piano at all since it sounds like a glockenspiel to me.
mematthew [6/22/2006 11:12:55 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
I really like this track and I can see why it has been getting high votes since it is the best thing I've heard so far, and the only thing I've actually downloaded. It'll get at least some play on my iPod.

You have a beautiful singing voice and I like your lyrics. I'll be keeping my eye on you for some time to come. I'm excited to hear more by your band. This reminds me of Sufjan Stevens crossed with Jenny Lewis. I agree with Buyer that it'll be interesting to compare this to the cd version of your album. More importantly it will be interesting to see if you can keep it up for the length of an entire album, and continue to make it interesting. Best of luck to the three of you - this is a hard business.

P.S. I think it is sweet that your mom voted for you.
Angel Of Time
mematthew [6/23/2006 12:12:32 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 0.5 stars
Wow, this is bizarre. It sounds like Elvis Costello, but #@&%!ing wierd. At first, I was trying to decide if the weirdness was a good thing or not. I'm leaning towards it not being a good thing. The upside to all of this: I'm pretty sure you are either a highly misunderstood creative genius or you are incredibly bad. With the help of a talented producer you may be able to walk that thin line and find success.
FOREVER
mematthew [6/23/2006 12:03:14 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
This sample is horrible. It honestly sounds like someone got the chipmunks high and then hurt their feelings. The rap is nice and chill though.

Assuming you are interested in honest criticism and suggestions for improvement - find a new sample and beef up the beats a little. Otherwise, the rap itself is very strong. I like the chill delivery.
Just Cuz Yer New
mematthew [6/22/2006 11:57:11 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
I'm not sure how this song sounds in your head, but it needs some work. The gut busting vocals do not fit with the song in any way - in fact they found entirely out of place. You could try merely pulling the vocals in a little so they are a little more mellow. Otherwise, you'll need to pull some things up in the mix and fill out the sound a little bit. I'd also suggest cutting or reworking entirely the "never resist it" bit as it may be one of the worst parts of the song. I also don't like the delivery on the bridge ("If you don't like it here"). I really suspect this song could be really good with a little tweaking and better production. I'll give it 2.5 stars now - but I suspect this could eventually be a song worthy of at least another 2 stars. I hope you keep working at it because it is all there.
di$hQuanix
mematthew [6/22/2006 11:48:45 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
mematthew [6/22/2006 11:33:15 PM EST]
Score: +0
Wow, this does sond like a 12 year old girl fell into a Casio.

I give you props for doing something very different. I pray that Disney is wrong and that all music doesn't sound like this in the future.

I'll give you 3.5 points for creativity, but I'm deducting .5 because I hate the picture. Don't worry though because Disney gave you an extra .5 because he liked it, so it will all equal out.
Bigger Than Us
mematthew [6/22/2006 11:46:46 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1 star
Wow, no one has taken the time to listen to your music apparently.

Honestly, you seem like you may be a talented musician, but this music is straight out of the early '90s. I'm certain you have some potential - but the lyrics, style, and music all need some serious work.

The chorus is unmemorable. Your delivery reminds me of some early '90s female singer who I've thankfully forgotten. I suspect you aren't really a fan of much of the music coming out of the underground. Go to somewhere like Pitchforkmedia.com. Listen to the artists who are receiving high marks, people like: Cat Power, Rilo Kiley, Mirah, Wolf Parade, Neko Case, Spoon and Devendra Banhart. Then ask yourself why their music is very "now" and why it is very engaging. Chances are if you can figure out what they are doing right - you can figure out how to improve your song writing and your sound. However, do not think that I am suggesting you emmulate their sound - keep your voice and keep what makes you "you." Just figure out how to package it in a more "current" sound.
Paris
mematthew [6/22/2006 11:36:19 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1.5 stars
I'm sorry... I just don't like this at all. In fact, I actively dislike it.
DOOBIE - CADILLAC PIMPIN'
mematthew [6/22/2006 11:26:00 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
It is strange to me that all of the good votes are from people who have only voted once. Does that happen a lot on this site? If it does you'll have to forgive me because I'm new here.

Anyways, it is strange because the track really has a lot of promise. I like the choice of sample a lot, but the beats could use the touch of a better producer.

As for the rapper himself - he has a lot of potential and pretty decent flow. While it isn't perfect the honest truth is that neither does half the #@&%! that already gets radio play. I think that in certain markets you could have a pretty successful record. I'll be happy to listen to your next release.
Southern Girl
mematthew [6/22/2006 11:19:55 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
This track is beautiful. You remind me of a folky version of the Decemberists. Your song is well written and keeps me interested from start to finish. I'm at a loss other than to say you are one of the two best bands I've heard on here in the entire time I've been coming to the sight... of course, I signed up today.

Nonetheless, this is really good. I want to hear a lot more. You should let the good folks here know if you have an album - I'd probably buy it.

In my opinion your band and the band Fiction Like Candy should be featured. Today's feature was somewhat insipid even if they have potential comparatively.
When life hands you lemons use them as weapons
mematthew [6/22/2006 11:02:15 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1.5 stars
I'm sorry, but I honestly couldn't make myself listen to the whole song. From what I heard there is a lot of potential here - but I wasn't seeing it realized. This did sound generic. I'm not trying to be a dick - I'm just trying to provide some honest criticism. It is ok to look up to your heroes - just try to do something different.