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August (rock mix)
by BeeAge
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Sat, Oct 13, 2007 @ 5:54 AM

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permalink   Sun, Oct 14, 2007 @ 8:53 AM
I’m holding my candle aloft as the opening riff kicks in. I like very much the melody you’ve got going here. The vocals don’t mix in with its sound quite perfectly—I’m not sure quite what you’ve done with its dynamics, but the “fit” aesthetically is imperfect (as opposed to literally, where the fit is fine).

I’d like to hear you stay with the lighter tones, except for in breaks, and let the heavier guitar not accompany the vocals. If you played the same line on an acoustic guitar, and then put a scorching solo on an electric in the breaks, it would be more fun.

I’m not sure about the drums. You’re wise not to just do a robotic four-punch drum line, and yet somehow I wonder if something more varied might have been possible.

The rock feel to this one works, in the main, and it fits well with the vocals. A solo without vocals might have fit at 3:25 or so.

I’m glad you did this rock interpretation of this one. When it’s winding up around 4:30, it “feels” right and powerful.
You’ve taken a fun try at a different take, and it was a fun listen.
permalink   BeeAge Sun, Oct 14, 2007 @ 12:39 PM
Thanks a lot for the review … It took some time to listen and it certainly took some time to write it. I really appreciate it, since it’s very good criticism.

I’m especially happy you mentioned the vocals since that was what I wasn’t so sure about. I did that last (actually a few hours before uploading it) as opposed to the guitar parts which I had lying around for quite some time, before mixing it all together. Obviously I did something wrong in that last session. I didn’t do much with the dynamics I just duplicated the track and applied some effects (I think it was a delay or something similar) of it’s own to the second track, then mixed between the two for some variation of the vocals during the lighter and heavier parts.