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Interesting Indie Mixture
on October 9, 2012
The songs on this sampler range from hard-driving rock to soft and mellow. Most of the songs were very enjoyable, and I'll listen to them often. Some songs on this album have the potential to become big hits, and a couple of the songs are just a little...well, strange.
To be sure that I get a good impression of each song presented by indie artists, I like to listen to each song a couple of times in a row. My impressions:
The rhythm and music of "Andrew in Drag" is good (a little of a Caribbean flavor), and the message is original.
The intro to "Dead Red Eyes" is soft and almost magically surreal with keyboards, and then it switches to a song with an energetic guitar and percussion-driven beat. But the lyrics are a bit odd.
"Electric Band" is a nice, up-beat song, played by an electric band. It's nice to listen to.
"The First Time I Ran Away" is very nice and mellow. It is a very beautiful and dreamy song with an acoustic guitar and echoing lyrics.
"Forever and a Day" is sentimental, with a sweet message. But the song presentation is, in a word, awful. It's supposed to be a love song and a proposal, but the lead singer sounds like he's so depressed that he can barely drag himself out of bed. The tempo drags badly, and the melody is flat. The song would benefit greatly from a different singer. (Sorry, Stephin!)
"Friends of Friends" is interesting and fresh.
"Gone Tomorrow" is smooth and soothing at the beginning. Around the middle, it switches to an instrumental, and it's almost like a different song, although it is very loosely tied back (musically) to the introduction. Maybe it's supposed to be like drifting along the river to a new location (?).
"A Good Idea" has a nice sound and is energetic, but it has an annoying screechy guitar solo in the middle of the song.
"Heaven" has a slow and soothing tempo. It's very relaxing.
"Heavy Hours" reminds me a bit of Bob Dylan, but anger is gone. (That's a good thing.)
"Out From Inside" is an enjoyable pop up-tempo song.
"Researching the Blues" is a jammin' hard rock song with strong vocals and a great guitar solo in the middle. Great music!
"Second Bird of Paradise" This is a very different song. I had to listen to it a couple of times to get the feel for it, but it really grew on me. It is a slow-paced song and the lyrics are (deliberately) dissonant (clashing), as is the violin. The music provides an effect almost as if a bird is soaring along on air currents. It's a very interesting effect.
All in all, it's worth a download and a listen. Since it's free, if you don't like it, you can always delete it.