Wow, those reviews are great and the mixtapes sound really good!!
So, here goes my review! First of all, I’d like to apologize for my english mistakes and some of my sentences which may sounds weird to you, it’s hard to express myself in english to describe music and feelings sometimes
Most of the artworks weren’t removed but I managed not to see them so I wasn’t spoiled!
As usual, I wrote my review during my first listening, putting everything that came to my head and then listened it again to see if I missed something.
Review time!! (Sorry if it’s too long…)
Track 1 : Drums, man’s voice… Great opening, really fast ( I mean, there’s no intro). Love the voice, melancholic… Then comes an acoustic guitar and an electric one with a little riff. And a bass line. The song turns up to a more happy mood, it started in a sad way with this voice… Really like it ! The voice is really really good !
Pop song, really pleasant, dreamy mood… Those 2 acoustic guitarsreally fits well together… A romantic song in a way. Really like it cause it’s not too mellow, or too cliché despite the lyrics.
Track 2 : great drums again and an acoustic guitar. Electric one also, reminds me a Coldplay song in a way. A man’s singing. Reminds me Patrick Watson, great voice, melancholic. Lyrics are too (« I still care for you… ») Love the rhythm which switches. The transition is really well done ! We move from a dreamy song to another one in the same mood which is slower. It moves me less than the previous one though. But I really enjoy it. And the strumming pattern of the guitar is awesome, powerful but simple, so as the drums. It really fits well !
Track 3 : Great beginning, folk guitars with reverb… Love guitars, so great there are that much in this mixtape. Here comes the voice. Or should I say the voices ! Sounds like choirs, with several voices singing at the same time, women and men… Really moving… The strumming pattern is really good again, there’s no drums, no bass line, so the guitar have the power, it leads the song… Like the electric guitar I think, with this little effect coming sometimes. Yeah, the voices are really awesome ! Oh and here comes a banjo I think, it’s great, it gives this lil bit dark song some light… But keeps it moving, it’s like it brought some hope… Really disturbing track, in a good way ! Really like it ! Here comes the banjo again at the end…
Track 4 : Piano beginning, electric guitar too with this little riff and effect. And the drums… Wow, disturbing ! That was slow but the drums took the song to a faster rhythm. And the piano follows, increases its rhythm. And the voice’s coming, woman, really brutaly, didn’t expect that ! That’s great, the drums keep on increasing, leading the track. I really love the switches of the rhythm, that’s brilliant ! I’m not a big fan of these kind of voices but I admit that it fits perfectly with this kind of songs, pop-rock. The transition was again really clever, it’s like this song wanted to prepare us to the takeoff of the mixtape cause it starts slowly, like the other ones, but then the rhythm increases. Wow, love that bridge, with the drums and piano in foreground and the guitar on background… And the voice coming again ! A powerful track I’d say ! It grabs you til the end ! I think it’s cause of the association of the voice and this rhythm that keeps on changing, really brilliant !
Track 5 : Oh, electro beginning ! With synth and drums. Here comes the electric guitar, an electro effect backwards too. Rhythm is fast ! transition’s good again, it confirms what I thought, the previous one was the takeoff. The voice’s coming, little dark, with a little effect on the sound. Oh chorus is coming, weird, didn’t expect that. Some distortion guitar is in too. Don’t know why but there are a few chords that doesn’t fit well together in my ears. It’s kinda psychelic or mystic, don’t know. Oh, acoustic guitar’s coming. A really disturbing track. Don’t like it that much, maybe this dark, psychedlic side…
Track 6 : Acoustic guitar picking beginning, sounds a lil bit latino. The other instruments come together, so as this man’s voice. Like it, reminds me Liam Gallagher in a softer way! Some violins backwards, that’s great. Love the drums, slow rhythm. A powerful song again, melancholic. Like the guitar riff at the end of the chorus. The bridge’s coming, some horn I think, really fits well with the instru ! A really cool song, quiet, great to think about your life when you need to.
Track 7 : Folk guitar beginning, nice chords and strumming pattern ! Sounds dreamy, an electric guitar riff is coming, then a bass and drums… Really great intro ! Voice! Really like it !A soothing voice, a man. It sounds as if he doesn’t want to disturb the instruments, that’s funny ! Love the way of singing, the passion but this lil bit shyness also. That’s really moving ! Rhythm increases, but not that much, drums are taking a bigger part now ! They kinda let their place to the voice when it comes, really sweet ! An other disturbing track, in a great way ! Really like it ! The power increases, the voice becomes even more passionate, the instru becomes richer. Really clever way to put all these instrumental parts together ! This is a pretty long song. It ends kinda brutally. Really liked this one !
Track 8 : Drums begin the track ! And then a man’s voice, sounds kinda retro ! But the voice is modern. Really nice mix ! A good pop rock song, all the ingredients are there, drums, guitars, bass, rock voice. Like the choirs background that are coming sometimes. The voice reminds me Noel Gallagher !
Haha like the end ! With this broken violin sounding (synth I think) ! Great pop rock song, more classical than the previous ones but really great !
Track 9 : acoustic guitar, starting with almost no silence with the previous one. I like the voice, pretty common though, and the bass backwards. A man’s singing. Some synth effects are backwards too, it adds to the song a mystic part. An instru part starts, lead by a synth, that gives a electro dimension to this track, really strange cause this song is almost only acoustic but it fits well ! Piano comes here. I admit I find the song a bit long, maybe cause the strumming pattern stays the same all along. An another melancholic song. Fading out at the end, as if we were falling asleep… Pleasant !
Track 10 : Starting with piano, synth effects. A man’s voice, with some« broken » thing, starts the track. Drums come ! really like the voice, I’m pretty sure I heard it before but where ??? … Or maybe cause it sounds a bit like Kings of Leon… There, the song takes off, thanks to the drums and the bass line which came. Really love the voice, especially the way he hits the high notes, always with this broken thing, it makes me melt ! Power increases, with the bridge which is well done ! The chorus is great too, melody stays in the head, I’m starting to sing along
Really loved this one !!
Track 11 : Starts fastly, with drums at a high rhythm. Voice and piano come. Broken voice again, like it ! Less than the previous one though. Sounds a bit dark, as the lyrics. Seems like the guy is desperate. Oh, chorus comes and the rhythm switches, it sounds less dark. And then we’re back at the verse. Like the piano riff. But that change of rhythm and mood in the chorus kinda disturbs me…
Some violins are coming during the bridge, a great instrumental part. This bridge is good. But then comes the chorus… I don’t know why it disturbs me… That’s too bad cause I like the rest of the song although it’s a bit dark but the chorus disturbs me too much to enjoy it.
Track12 : Drums, bass, piano. All in low notes, electric guitar riff. Transition is good cause it’s another dark track. The voice is great, man’s one. Chorus is great too, less dark, love the electric guitar strumming on background. This piano riff during the verses is dark, it gives all the dimension to this song in my opinion. Really enjoying this one. Electric guitar riff with some little bends during bridge following the piano notes sometimes is awesome ! Reminds me the previous one, with this dark side that disappears a bit during the chorus in a better well done way in my opinion. Really liked this one ! I was a bit frustrated beacause of the previous track but this one definetly erase this feeling
Track 13 : Piano starting, we’re leaving the dark side ! Sweet piano riff, like it ! Voice is coming, sounds retro, like it too ! A bit melancholic but not dark. Bass comes. Then drums, electric guitars, that starts brutally ! Great ! The singer becomes more passionate, less melancholic, as if he woke up to fight for what was disturbing him at first ! The chorus is great too ! Wow, after a little quiet moment, rhythm switches again to become really fast, really rock ! Didn’t expect that ! Well done ! Head is shaking and foot is tapping ! Easily imagine that during a gig, really powerful ! Ends brutally !
Track 14 : Folk guitar is begining the track with reverb effect, some effects on the back ground. Voice is coming, sounds like Joshua Radin. Yeah now I’m sure it’s him ! Really like his voice and his work although I think it’s a bit too mellow for me if I listen an entire album. Violin is here, which makes the song even more melancholic. This song is sad, like a goodbye… Don’t listen to it if you just broke up LOL ! Good song in this genre, I like it ! Although, as I said, it’s a bit too mellow for me.
Track 15 : Acoustic guitar at the beginning ! Reminds me « kiss me », maybe the strumming pattern at the beginning lol ! The voice is coming, a young man I assume. The song really starts, drums, bass line, electric guitars, piano. A pop « easy listening » song, sounds pretty good to me. Can easily be heard on a tv show ! The bridge is good, like the way it’s brought. Haha yeah, I have lots of images coming from various tv shows ! Ends with a last strum on guitar, as a lot of songs of this genre do. Good one, appreciated it !
Track 16 : Starts with an acoustic guitar and drums. Drums stop. An electric guitar comes. And then the drums come back. The voice is coming… OH YEAH, Bon Iver’s singer ! LOVE JUSTIN VERNON’S VOICE ! Just outstanding ! Really like this song, sounds like a great ending. Really dreamy one, not melancholic or sad, just dreamy, maybe a bit nostalgic. But really dreamy, as if you were laying on the grass, watching the sky… Don’t have anything to say anymore, love this one, tells us that the mixtape is ending… Oh and love the xylophone or something ending the track
Great, great, great job with this track !!
So, I have to say a big thank you for my mixtape maker ! Most of the songs are quiet, some music I love to listen too ! What I liked was the originality of the tracks. One more time, this has pushed away the musical bounds I have, made me explore and dig some new ways to this kind of quiet music I always loved. I easily imagine myself listening it again and again, by night, to calm down or simply to think…
Another great thing is that I didn’t know any of the songs, although I recognized 2 artist. I’m really looking forward to discover more of these bands !
Thank you again, unknown mixtape maker ! Impatient to know who you are