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11/29/2010

James Bishop Brown - Hell Froze Over: James B. Brown
Forgotten Sister: Denis Regan, Lennard Thompson, James B. Brown 
Dope Sick in the Rain
Genre: Acoustic
Weighted Rating: [4 Votes, 4.28 Stars]
Views: 1,356
Featured Review
sportsanalogyjudo [11/30/2010 2:30:56 AM EST]
Score: +10
did you almost run over a homeless guy? curious where this song comes from.
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Liner Notes
IrREGULAR ELEPHAnT [12/2/2010 8:47:26 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
Can't get the dang thing out of my head.
Mr. Bratty [11/30/2010 1:28:41 PM EST]
Score: +10
Yeah, you can fill out the arrangement and instrumentation any number of ways, add bridges, modulations, bassoons, whatever. But this recording is what 90% of songwriters and musicians CAN'T come up with. A strong foundation for a huge production which can stand on it's own, if it has to, as just what it is right here. Nothing says "i am alone" quite like a single guitar and a single voice, recorded with a single mike.
jbrown (song submitter) [11/30/2010 1:10:40 PM EST]
Score: +0
I thought it was pretty cool the way this came together... First of all, I probably have more in common with the homeless vet in the song than the BFFC driver. I was in SF driving down 6th street and noticed one particular homeless guy lying on the sidewalk and wondered why he was lying next to the curb and not the against the building. That's when I looked up and saw the needle exchange sign. Later I was in a parking lot during our first downpour and was thinking, Jonesing in the rain has got to be the worst... As I left the lot a large auto cut me off and that's when I said something including the BFF car phrase, and at that moment it all came together. I've been around a lot of dope-fiends, alcoholics and mental illness so that experience is what I used to fill out the verses.
unklespaz [11/30/2010 12:25:56 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
I think a extended G interlude would be nice, even Em G C A....although I'd consider Bm too as I like the 3rds.... sounds about right for a cold winter eve
jbrown (song submitter) [11/29/2010 11:28:24 PM EST]
Score: +0
Guess that's why it's called a "bridge".
ministerofrenvy [11/29/2010 10:50:13 PM EST]
Score: +0
You could try changing keys while coming out of a bridge.
jbrown (song submitter) [11/29/2010 6:37:59 PM EST]
Score: +0
I'm sitting here working on a key change and I can only think of a step up from D to E. Seems to sound okay but I can't think of a way to tie in w/o a full stop. Any ideas RF? Or perhaps a different key than E? Appreciate any thoughts.
jbrown (song submitter) [11/29/2010 2:55:07 PM EST]
Score: +0
BTW I just resubmitted "Daddy Gap" with a slightly improved mix, thanks.
jbrown (song submitter) [11/29/2010 2:44:17 PM EST]
Score: +0
...Lunchbreak: Ministerofenvy, I really appreciate your comments here and on other songs as well. You always seem to nail it. I recorded this sitting on my bed in front of my MacBook using Garageband and the built-in mic. I think the flanging comes from the vocal preset "Live Performance" of which I turned down the echo. I was pretty excited about the lyrics and how they came together and wanted to hear the song like this but I will add a full band treatment after a few bars and possibly a key change with a coinciding solo. The song is brand new and I just haven't figured out the change yet. BTW your comments on the Daddy Gap song demonstrate your adept ear; the song was recorded with a single room mic over the PA and then I went back and added the second guitar. This was a few years back. Then for the hell of it, like a kid with a new toy, I imported it into Garageband and sang the lyrics (recently completed) into the built-in mic again. I have remixed the song with your suggestions and it does sound better but will need to be completely redone to get it clean and add real drums. So anywho back to Dopesick, any specific input re a change/break will be appreciated as well as all of your comments. Thanks, good to be back.
Richie Isaacs [11/29/2010 2:31:05 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Damn cool song, totally digging it.
ministerofrenvy [11/29/2010 2:26:32 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
I'm usually bursting with comments and opinions (that I should probably just keep to myself), but I wasn't sure what to say on this one during evaluation. Part of me wants to hear a band kick in about half way through, but part of me thinks that would take away from the honest feel that this has going for it. But still, it does seem like the song drones on for too long without changing anything. It seems that it really needs to have a break in the vocal somewhere to give the listener some time to reflect. It might be ironic to say this due to the content of the song, but I'm thinking, okay shut up for a second, I'm sick of you whining incessantly about your #@&%!ty life - give me a break for at least 5 seconds and let me hear the sad violins play instead. Anyway... I would guess that a very simple acoustic guitar solo played with a slide would do perfectly, but maybe that's just me. I'll bet you could sneak in a bass way back in the mix just to help fill out the sound without really getting in the way. The lyrics are fantastic, and the singing is well done. I think I hear the vocal clipping just barely at times and I can swear I hear flanging on the acoustic guitar at the beginning and a few times later as if there are 2 live microphones spaced apart with either the guitar or one of the mics moving during the recording. I could also be coming from a crossfade-edit but since it's at the very beginning, I doubt it. I think the amount of reverb on the vocal is perfect.
natty p [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Earnest.
ChrisMoschetti [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
good song, good performance, some of the lines are clunky but its not bad by any means. The song could use a bit more of a build
unklespaz [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
welcome back- I know we've had differences in the past so I won't really rate this song or compare it... definitely sad and stuff - I hope you and your loved ones are ok.... wahhhhhhh
IrREGULAR ELEPHAnT [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I don't know, I got blasted right off the start by the big fat #@&%!ing car. As one who believes that 90% of the current drivers should not be allowed to drive, I was brought in. But then I heard one of the bleakest stories ever. Almost makes me feel empathy for bums. This is a great song.
Another song come to me in the car in a downpour. I seem to get all my ideas in the car now. I just flipped open the MacBook and opened GarageBand using the built-in mic. I am now a GB convert.

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