As usual, your guitar playing is top-notch. I don't know if it's because I'm a drummer, but I normally feel pretty uncomfortable when I'm listening to a song without accurate tempo, which I sort of had a problem with in some of your previous songs (notably the claps in I Owe You the Same). I don't know if you're making a conscious effort to work on it or not, but it's a lot better here! I mean, there's parts where it's screwed up like 2:13, but they're pretty minor and don't really disrupt the track. Also, I really love the layered string slow chords at 2:35 (not sure what the name is for that).
The chorus sounds great as well. I really like the melody, but I wish you'd added more harmonies! The 'cheese' sounded amazing with harmonic vocals, and I wish you'd done something like doing a chorus at the end completely in harmony or something. You're a great singer! The only noticeable off-key-ness I heard was the "never have" at 1:29, but that's obviously justifiable based on the comical octave jump.
A couple issues I had with the song were the quality of sound (but you shouldn't really care about that too much; you're doing amazingly well with your not-the-best-quality mic), the opening of the guitar solo (a G-based melody during a D chord? really?), the lack of the intro (as stated below), and the repetition of the chorus. But still, except for the microphone one, those flaws are pretty minor and easily remedied.
Great review, as always, L.E.! Let's see if I can answer for my inadequacies...
-I was once a percussionist in a brass band. I learned a lot from it, but sadly sometimes my timing isn't as flawless as I'd like, or as flawless as the conductor wanted. I hate using samples, so I avoid it when I can. Perhaps I should just bite the bullet and admit that I need a real drummer!
-My singing will sound better in future tracks. I just bought a Boss VE-20 vocal processor and a PG58 mic. Cost me a pretty penny, but dammit, I WILL be on-key and un-distorted!
-Yeah, I started my solo in G. However, the song is in G. G, D, A, Bm is the chord progression...super simple, really. I'm almost embarrassed to have written a 'Four Chords' song, but there you have it.
-Glad you liked the harmonies. Now, if you only knew how bad I suck at singing harmony! I just cant sing intervals, so I have to compensate by playing the appropriate chords on my guitar, and then isolating the individual notes, and singing them into a mic with the other vocal tracks muted. Yeah, it's that bad. The amount of work that would go into singing a whole chorus in three-part harmony...shudder...I'll...I'll do it for you, L.E. However, that should be proof that I'm NOT a great singer! A great singer would just know the proper intervals! I'm a FRAUD! A HACK! A FAKE! I'm so, so sorry!
The lack of an intro was pretty odd as I felt like I was fast-forwarding the song on accident and it turned out it's supposed to be like that.
Upbeat song, and the banjo was well-played. It also felt you needed to get into the song at the beginning which made the rhythm feel a bit off.
I like the chorus part, it had a very nice groove!
Keep on going and you might become the first guy to make me love country songs for the first time haha!
Yeah, I debated whether or not to add a 4-count in as an intro. i just felt it was more challenging as a musician to do it without one. Perhaps I should have paid more attention to the listener, and not my own challenges, eh? I think I might still add one, just to give the listener a heads-up...
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