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31 Tracks Reviewed
201 Comments Posted
Yays: 2  Boos: 0
Critic Score 1/10
Joined: 5/18/2008
Band: National Steel

Average Rating: 4.5 stars

Carson McCullers Spoke to Me in a Nightmare
natsteel [10/29/2010 9:41:16 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Bumblebee Doctors
natsteel [10/29/2010 9:39:18 PM EST]
Score: +11
Rated 5 stars
Caleb, this is an absolutely glorious recording. I know a song is really great when after hearing it for the first time I think, "Damn! Why didn't I write that first?" That bridge is fantastic... the lilt of it all... is just great. Even 2 years later, I still listen to it regularly along with "Carson McCullers," which is even better.
Coca Cola
natsteel [8/17/2009 11:52:14 AM EST]
Score: +0
This is heavily Lennon-esque and the guitars and drums sound great even the Come Together-drum rolls on the chorus. The solo is very cool if just a touch too loud - I would've liked it to sit a bit better IN the mix rather than on top of it. Still, that's trivial and this is a great job.
natsteel [8/14/2009 5:31:11 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
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Big Boss Man (blues cover)
natsteel [8/16/2009 9:23:57 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
I know this is old but I had missed it and aaron is one of my favorites so here's my five stars... well done, A.
Tomorrow is a Long Time (Dylan Cover)
natsteel [8/14/2009 5:55:43 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
This sounds like Nick Drake covering Bob Dylan. Great job.
I've Got My Place In The Sun Next To You
natsteel [8/10/2009 11:17:01 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
This is a cool song and that middle change which leads into the trombone part really spices the song up. I understand what paul was saying... but I kinda feel like the two parts I spoke about kept the song from just gliding by too easily. I too would vote for classic over dated. The old "classic" forms are still around for a reason... because they are classic. The task on those of us using them, at this late date, is to add little twists that embellish while at the same time enhancing appreciation for those forms. Not an easy feat alot of times and I would definitely say that Ruud has achieved that here.
Fate's against the dumpster
natsteel [8/10/2009 11:10:40 PM EST]
Score: +0
Just a note about that 12 string remark and for reference purposes... paulmars and I found that we got very 12-string like results by doubling a standard guitar part with a Nashville tuned guitar (acoustic or electric).
natsteel [8/10/2009 11:09:22 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
This is a really great recording... I wish I had seen this backstage and voted for a feature but I missed it. Sorry, Jailhouse. The mix is really good, very clean sounding to me. The lead guitar tone is very suitable and the combination as well as the actual mixing of the piano and acoustic guitar as well as the progression is very early-70s California country rock sounding. The main guitar lick is custom-made for a 12-string Rickenbacker. All around a great song, performance, and recording.
Rusty Nail
natsteel [8/9/2009 3:31:55 PM EST]
Score: +10
Yeah, my "featured review" should really be replaced by his dad's comment. That is without a doubt the best comment I've ever read on here and I am just ecstatic that I played even the smallest role in initiating a father-son exchange like that. You deserve it, D.
natsteel [8/8/2009 7:14:44 PM EST]
Score: +0
I can't really take any credit for this... this genre is full of standard progressions and themes, it's about how you utilize them. He utilizes them really well here especially lyrically. And you're right about the delivery.... it's what makes the song.
natsteel [8/8/2009 6:26:32 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
I'm looking at the comments now for the first time and it's gratifying. I think the guitar playing and the sound is especially good for a one-take, one-mic recording. But that is pretty much all from the performance. I had to laugh when I read the Steve Earle comment because it's absolutely true. Thanks for that, uklespaz... I'm not much a salesman but something like this is pretty easy to sell. Great job!!!
natsteel [posted during evaluation]
Score: +27
I may be biased, since I recorded it in my living room, but I think this song is fantastic. I've been telling him to post it for months. Either way, conflict of interest be damned... feature for me.
Reveille--with Mike Hattem
natsteel [8/9/2009 3:27:33 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Don't let Paul fool ya, he did alot of work on this as well. He did those great swells in the intro (and bridge) that set the tone for the entire song. He wrote most of the lyrics, the entire progression, played the chiming Nashville guitars, and made numerous helpful comments and suggestions during the recording and mixing phases.

Working with him on this song was one of the more challenging musical experiences I've ever had. I've never been a collaborative kind of artist but working with Paul was fantastic and inspiring even though we recorded this entire song over the internet. That alone was inspiring. I can say now that I would like a chance to do another mix but it came out really good.

Paul has a real knack and talent for coming up with these wonderfully evocative, melancholic chord progressions so it wasn't hard to write melodies to them and dress them up. Real-life commitments have taken most of the time I have to record lately but I'm also looking forward to doing more work with Paul soon.

And, just in case any of you can't tell from his comments and his music, he is just an all-around genuinely fantastic person and I am grateful to the Fizz for hooking us up. And, oh yeah, my stuff is available under "National Steel" here on RedFizz. ;)
October 15th 2008
natsteel [11/8/2008 4:39:33 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
yeah, that's a fantastic line. The vocals are splendid.