I like the drums, but mostly in the middle part. I’m a sucker for a solid beat, and the broken down rhythm in this doesn’t really appeal to me. That being said, the overall melody is good, although the piano sounds like it could have used some more varied sounds, maybe some notes being shifted up an octave. I don’t really see how this relates to the bar theme, so that is something of a minus. Composition and mixing sound great to me. I like the outro, even though it’s kinda out of left field.
The intro and the honkytonk piano is not really appealing to me. I see the idea of a more western-esque sound, even though the painting is more modern. Oh Lord that guitar at 1:03 is LOUD. That should have been fixed. I like the melody progression, it feels very video-gamey, as do a lot of the songs in this, maybe that’s got something to do with the soundfont more so than the contestants. Again at around 2:22 something is really loud, possibly the same guitar. The build-up from ~3:30 doesn’t really resolve to anything, just silence and then the same melody again. Ending is a little meh, and surprisingly uplifting compared to the rest of the song.
A nice melody, I’m not hearing the connection to the artwork though. For those who read my round 1 comments, you’ll know that I think that’s a big no-no. There is variety, with the individual instruments having their own moments, but for some reason it just seems like a whole lot of the same, I’m not sure why. This track definitely has its own identity, which is great and within that it’s really well done, mixing, composition and all, but it’s just not really what the artwork inspires in me.
The fretless bass really brings me back to FFVIII, and that’s not at all a bad thing, Love the music in that game. I guess the artists interpretation of the bar setting is way different than mine, based on this track, because I sense a kind of trepidation and unease in here. It’s not at all a happy tune I feel, which I can’t deduct points for, but it’s interesting how different people interpret the theme. Composition is good, I like the highs and lows of this, but I don’t really feel like there’s any progression. I would have liked to hear a wider range of instruments, just a bass and piano seems a little lacklustre, Honestly, a piano on its own would have been better in my opinion, if you’re going for that sombre, moody feel.
Straight off, Rhodes piano. That’s good. Definitely something I hear when I think of a bar setting. Drums are okay, there could have been more variation, and a swing, like someone else said above, could have been interesting. Overall good composition, pretty standard blues-y progression, which is fine, as long as the solo-ing is interesting enough which it kind of is. The guitar-y part is okay, although it’s all (gonna make a musical theory-feel out of myself here) fifth notes, you know like on a guitar, same fret two adjacent strings? Not sure if that’s what it’s called, but that’s what it sounds like to me. Piano is good, like the solo stuff there. Ending is okay, maybe a little out of the blue, but I think it resolves okay with the final chord.
This immediately sounds like the intro to some high-school anime or something (not that I really would know, don’t watch a lot of that, but that’s the vibe I get.) The trumpet seems a little misplaced, I think a different instrument would have suited the song better. I really, really like the melody in this track however, and I suppose it could fit in the bar theme, kinda, but it’s a stretch. Again, artists’ impression and all that. I’ve nothing really to say about the composition, it’s pretty much flawless. The only minor thing I find odd is the drums fading out at ~1:40 is way too sudden, should have been dragged over 2 bars not a half, which is what it sounds like.
Really, really love the slow groove. That’s pretty dead on in terms of the theme to me. Unfortunately it’s kinda ruined by the up-tempo stuff later on. I know that’s what jazz often does, but this slow, almost sleeping groove really hit me hard. The Rhodes piano, good choice, like track 5, I like that a lot. Unlike track 5, it does sounds very mechanical, not sure there’s much to do about it with the composition here, since resampling is not allowed and all, but it’s definitely a minus. Overall I really like this track though, fits the theme really well, and it’s interesting enough that the minor flaws it has can be overlooked.
Great composition, really like the distorted Rhodes. The saxophone and guitar sound a little mechanical, not sure if you could have done something about it, but the work you did with them is nonetheless great, lots of effects that mask the fact that they’re not real. Drums are very intricate, but again not really human enough that it’s 100% believable. Really nails the theme for me, and just sounds good overall.
Cymbals overall are too loud. After listening to the other songs, you kinda feel like you wanna turn this way up, but the ride and clicks from the snare are way too loud for that, really. The pad or strings or whatever it is, are very reverbed, too much in fact. It just becomes some blur of noise that really doesn’t do anything for the track. There are a lot of good ideas here, but the execution isn’t really up to par unfortunately.
Really good track overall. Lots of compositional golden nuggets everywhere, nothing to put my finger on in that department, but it is a little short. This definitely fits the theme, and there’s just really nothing to say about this except that it’s really good! Me being me, I perhaps would have liked this more if there was some overarching melody or structure to this, but that’s nitpicking.
The intro reminds me of a Final Fantasy game, in fact after listening to this several times, the whole thing sounds like it would fit perfectly on the FFIX OST. Something about the effects on the piano and the composition just screams that game. Drums are quite anonymous, and a little bland. Again, I do like my solid beats, so that’s a small minus in my book, but otherwise this song nails pretty much everything else dead on. The lack of a bass is noticeable, but not a terrible loss for the song.